Service Centers Generate over 4million Liberian Dollars

Jul 4, 2016

Nimba County Coordinator Falikie Kromah reported that over the period May to June, 2016 free birth registration recorded the highest of 835 users, generating over L$200, 000 and US$445

The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Internal Affairs has reported revenue generated from Service Centers in Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bong, and Nimba Counties, totaling over US$42, 000 ($4,295,975.00 Liberian dollars).

The County Service Centers were established by government in its efforts to take direct services to the people. According to the MIA, from July 1, 2015 to May 2016 the Grand Bassa County Service Center reported 5,127 service users, with total revenue of LD$4,295,975.00, while over a short period of time, April to May 2016, the other three county service centers reported a total of 3,663 service users, and a revenue of LD$1, 289,805.00.

Services being offered at those centers include issuance of Business Registration, Birth Certificates, Drivers’ License, Marriage Certificate and Documentations, among others. 

Addressing journalists Tuesday, June 28, in a joint press conference held under the auspices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Information in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County, the Minister of Internal Affairs Dr. Henrinque Tokpa said, the establishment of the Service Centers speaks to the commitment of President Sirleaf and a clear manifestation and determination to bring the government closer to the people.”

Minister Tokpa said in 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf launched the National Policy on Decentralization, and Local Governance, at which time she promised that Monrovia will no longer be the only center of power and source of development policymaking.

He said the President launched the national policy on decentralization and local governance to ensure that citizens are active partners with government in the governance of their local communities and counties.

“Our approach was to create county service centers in all counties; a county service center is a one stop shop where documentation relating to permits, license, and certificate are offered at the same cost and quality as they are in Monrovia” says Tokpa.

Giving his report Nimba County Coordinator Falikie Kromah said over the period from May to June, 2016 services were rendered with birth registration which is free been the highest recording 835, and also generating  over LD$200, 000 and US$445.

Jefferson Gbaryan, Coordinator for Bong County said from the April 25 to May, 622 services were rendered with birth registration which is free being the highest with 491 while revenue generated was over LD$100, 000.

Sam T. Artis, Coordinator for Margibi County also said from April to May the service center had provided 1,857 services with birth certificate registration which is free being the highest with 1,489 while LD$700,000 was generated in revenue.

Also, the Grand Bassa Service Center which is the oldest center has provided 5,120 services from July 2015 to May 2016 with issuance of traditional marriage certificates generating over L$1 million. A total of over L$ 4 million was generated overall, according to Coordinator Sagacious Gardo.   

Also speaking, Francis M. Kai-Kai, UNMIL Chief Peace Consolidation Services praised the people and the government of Liberia for the progress made at the National Decentralization and the local governance program.

According to him, as UNMIL turns over the security responsibilities to the country, people’s participation in the peace process is needed adding, that with all the decentralization programs the Government of Liberia will certainly be stronger. 

The Implementation of the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) is funded by the European Union, Swedish Government, USAID, UNMIL and UNDP.

Contact

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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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