Bong Service Center operational-over 300,000 to access services

May 23, 2016

Linda Yarkpawolo receiving her six month old daughter's birth certificate

The Bong County Service Center (CSC) is gradually gaining momentum since its official opening by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on April 25.

The CSC is part of efforts by the Government of Liberia to take major documentary services closer to the people under its Decentralization Support Programme (LDSP) led by the Ministry Internal Affairs.

According to Evelyna N. Dolo, a registrar in the Birth Registration Unit of the Ministry of Health, since the dedication and opening of the Service Center, citizens have begun to troop in daily to access different services, mainly under 12 birth registration.

“We have been receiving costumers since we started. We used to receive twenty to thirty persons when we first started, but now we sometimes receive up to one hundred persons a day,” Evelyna said.

She extended appreciation to the UNDP, the Government of Liberia, the European Union and other partners for helping to take services closer to the people of Liberia.

Linda Yarkpawolo, mother of six-month old Lydia Sackie was among several mothers who had gone to access services related to obtaining birth certificates.

Linda said she was glad that the birth registration service was now being offered in Gbarnga, Bong County.

“I want to tell the UNDP and all the people who brought birth registration business here” she stated.

The opening of the County Service Center is in keeping with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s promise to the people of Liberia, to take the government closer to them which is a continuation of ensuring that rural residents have access to documentation services.

Already, the CSC opened in Buchanan in Grand Bassa County, has reported revenue generation of over 1.8million dollars for the period July 2015 to January 2016.

Two centers in Kakata, Margibi County and Sanniquellie in Nimba County have also been dedicated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai respectively.

Services are being provided at the same cost and quality like in Monrovia.

Construction of other County Service Centers are underway, in Rivercess, Gbarpolu, Grand kru and Bomi Counties.

Over 300, 000 people in Bong County and surrounding areas will access the CSC which will deliver essential Government documentation services, including traditional and Western marriage certificates, Liberian and foreign owned sole proprietorships, business registration, deeds registration, school operation licenses, zoning and land use permit, ECOWAS alien work permit, among others.

The Government of Liberia, through a European Union Grant contribution, is facilitating the actualization of County Service Centers (CSCs) in eight counties.

This is being carried out under the Liberia Decentralization Support Program or LDSP managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Liberia.

Other partners include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Mission in Liberia (UMMIL) and the Government of Sweden. Staff operating these centers are recruited from the counties specified and trained under the project.

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/Email- dwheinyue@yahoo.com Tel;+231      0770178755/0886222510

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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