Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LINCSA), James Fromoyan
Fromoyan Urges Political Parties To Join Decentralization Drive
MONROVIA, May 18 (LINA) - The Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LINCSA), James Fromoyan, says it is critical for political parties to join the decentralization process of the Governance Commission.
Chairman Fromayan noted that political parties are seen as ‘governments in waiting’ and hence their platforms should reflect those of local governance structures that would meet the needs and aspirations of the people they intend to govern.
The LINCSA Chairman made the statement recently at a one-day Policy Dialogue on Decentralization with aspirants of the 2014 Mid-term Senatorial Election held at the James Fromoyan Conference Hall at the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Sinkor.
He stressed that political parties should demonstrate the political will to ensure that Liberia’s system of governance does not remain centralized, but decentralized to make the people participate in national affairs.
He said it is better that Liberia begins the process now, rather than wait any longer to carry out the local government structure, which is significant for the growth and development of the nation.
Making remarks at the program, the Commissioner for National Integrity System at the Governance Commission, Cllr. Ruth Jappah, said Liberians should change their mindset concerning decentralization of the governance structures.
Cllr. Jappah explained that the lack of decentralized structures has denied other Liberians basic social services in parts of the country.
She observed that more people in the counties are living in deplorable conditions, noting that their children do not have access to better schools, clinics and other social services.
The policy dialogue on decentralization, which was held on the role of political party candidates in decentralization advocacy in Liberia, brought together several political parties and senatorial aspirants from across Liberia.