Grand Kru Citizens welcome construction of Service Center

Mar 28, 2016

Citizens of Grand Kru County participate in the ground-breaking of the county Service Center

Citizens of Grand Kru County have welcomed government’s decision to construct a County Service Center (CSC) in the County. Under the De-concentration program, the County Service Center is a one-stop shop where documentation services are offered.

The citizens were speaking over the weekend when Government and partners broke ground for the construction of the Grand Kru County Service Center in Barclayville.

The citizens say when completed, the CSC will alleviate constraints experienced while attempting to access services in Monrovia.

Grand Kru County Representative Numenee Bartekwah said the lack of basic services in the County has been a serious problem even for the leadership.

According to him, on many occasions students residing in the county wanting to enroll at the William V. S. Tubman University are turned-down only because they don’t possess a birth certificate.

He said citizens were particularly happy because unlike the past, the government has listed Grand Kru among the first batch of Counties in which County Service Centers (CSC) will be constructed.

Grand Kru County Superintendent Elizabeth Dempster said the citizens of the county are overwhelmed with joy for such initiative.  

Superintendent Dempster said the establishment of the CSC demonstrates President Sirleaf’s commitment to take services closer to the people regardless of their location. 

Speaking earlier, the head of the Traditional Council in Grand Kru, Swen Wleh said the people of the county will forever remember President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for undertaking key development projects in the county including the Service Center.

He said Grand Kru has lagged behind in several development projects.

Meanwhile, Assistant Internal Affairs Minister for Research Allen Kromah is calling on residents of Grand Kru to take ownership of the Service Center; noting, “The CSC is for the people of the County”.

Mr. Kromah described the CSCs in counties across the country as a ‘heartbeat’ initiative of the Liberian Leader, and therefore wants the citizens to get involved in the process.www.mia.gov.lr

Speaking on behalf UNMIL, a senior Civil Affairs officer Mr. Munyaradi Motsi said the UN is pleased to support service de-concentration in Liberia due to its significance to the wellbeing of the citizens.

Mr. Motsi pledged UNMIL’s renewed commitment to partner with the government and other donors to improve the livelihood of citizens wherever they are across the country.

The Grand Kru County Service Center brings to four the number of Service Centers currently being constructed. Similar construction work is on-going in Tubmanburg, Bomi County; Cestos, Rivercess County and Bopolu, Gbarpolu County.

UNMIL, through its Quick-Impact Project is contributing forty-eight thousand US Dollars for each project, while the Liberian Government is contributing forty thousand US Dollars towards all four projects.

When completed, each Center will contain fourteen offices, bath rooms and conference rooms as well as necessary furniture and equipment.

Implementation of the Liberia Decentralization Support program is being funded by the European Union, The Swedish Government, USAID, UNMIL and UNDP.

Contact

For further information, contact:

Virginia Chitanda Chief Technical Advisor Decentralization Programme virginia.chitanda@undp.org  Tel: +231-775237796

D. Emmanuel Wheinyue-Media Engagement Officer/National Decentralization Implementation Secretariat-Ministry of Internal Affairs/0886222510/0770178755/dwheinyue@yahoo.com

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: zotasam@gmail.com Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162

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