Weah dedicates ‘One-Stop Service Center in Margibi
By Emmanuel wise Jipoh
President George Manneh Weah has reaffirmed government’s commitment to the decentralization process in the country, as he dedicates a ‘One Stop Shop Service Center’ in Kakata City, Margibi County.
The Service Center is among other initiatives under the decentralization platform intended to bring services closer to the people with a vision for a new Liberia that responds to the needs of its people thru inclusive governance.
It is a one-stop-shop where documentation-related services including permits, licenses and certifications are offered, reflecting the same value and cost in Monrovia.
“We have come a long way, but we still have to do more”, President Weah said.
He acknowledged the enormous progress already made by government but indicated that more work needs to be done in the decentralization and de-concentration processes throughout Liberia.
Mr. Weah thanked partners, particularly the United Nations, local authorities and citizens for their support and commitment.
He also lauded citizens of Margibi County for working with government and partners in the realization of such a success, including demonstration of a strong commitment to realizing this important achievement.
“We have come a long way and still need to do more”, he urged and rally the people of Margibi County to take ownership and feel a part of the progress made collectively together with the government.
Meanwhile, the newly established service center, well furnished with support from the UNDP including national government will provide services to citizens in Margibi County and beyond.
He tested the new automatic system with internet connections whilst taking photoshop and touring the facility.
The President commended local leaders in the county, including the Ministry of Transport for the effort to fully implement the government’s decentralization goal.
Earlier, Margibi County Superintendent, Jerry Varney, described the Center as a “landmark development” by the Weah administration and assured Margibians’ continued commitment to supporting government in its decentralization process.
In a brief remark, Transport Minister Samuel A. Wlue said the Margibi County Transport Service Center will make it easier for the people of Margibi County to remain in the country in order to access quality services provided by the State.
Minister Wlue said service delivery, which is meant to reduce costs faced by citizens traveling from Margibi to Monrovia just obtain a driver’s license.
He appealed to members of the public to help protect the facility for their own interest.
The dedication of the Margibi County Service Center is part of a weeklong National Retreat, currently taking place in Ganta City, Nimba County with a theme, “Pushing forward for a better Liberia.” It is the third major cabinet retreat under the leadership of President George Manneh Weah. Editing by Jonathan Browne