cross section of participants front (L-R) Supt. Brown, Dr. Kula and Depty. Min Twh
Liberians Want Boundaries Before Chieftaincy Polls
MONROVIA, June 29 (LINA) - Participants at the just-ended first regional consultation and sensitization forum held in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, have advanced several recommendations for rationalizing local administrative structures in the country.
The participants were drawn from Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Margibi counties.
They included Legislators, representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, City Mayors, District Commissioners, Paramount, Clan and General Town Chiefs, among others.
In a nine-count Statement of Endorsement/Commitment, the participants called on the National Legislature to provisionally place a moratorium on the creation of additional sub-national structures and to ensure the timely passage of the Local Governance Act when submitted to them by the Presidency.
According to an Internal Affairs press release issued at the weekend, the 75 participants want national government to clearly demarcate the boundaries of sub-county structures before hosting the district and chieftaincy elections.
Reading the endorsement statement on Thursday, June 26 on behalf of his colleagues, Klay District Commissioner Alfred B.S. Zinnah, proposed to government to increase efforts to ensure national reconciliation and provide incentives for local leaders who will be affected by the rationalization exercise.
They also recommended that national institutions concerned with the
decentralization policy undertake massive national civic education to adequately inform the people before the commencement of the rationalization process.
The document also called on government to set a firm timeline for decentralization implementation, clearly define the roles and terms of reference of local leaders, ensure the teaching of the country’s cultural values in our schools and include all local leaders in the national budget, the release concluded.