Liberia - President Sirleaf addresses the National Urban Forum
Pres. Sirleaf Outlines Causes of Urban Migration
By Robert Dixon, LINA
MONROVIA, June 24 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says rural to urban migration across many developing countries in Africa has posed critical social and economic challenges to those countries.
She said some of the challenges were environmental and political due to the limited resource capacities of the governments of those countries.
The Liberian leader made the statement Wednesday at the Monrovia City Hall at the start of a two-day stakeholders conference intended to develop a roadmap for the formulation of a National Urban Policy for Liberia.
President Sirleaf also said the challenges are associated with education, health, urban housing, utility services, sanitation, waste disposal, food and human security.
According to the Liberian leader, inadequate provisions of these services in the urban sector are basically due to the lack adequate financial resources as well as the over centralization of state authorities.
President Sirleaf noted that this has underscored the relevance of government’s ongoing decentralization and de-concentration programs.
She further said these programs are intended to respond to the “unstoppable proportional” increase in urban population and other national priorities.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has called on Liberians to clean up their surroundings to ensure a healthy environment.
The conference brings together over 300 delegates from all 15 counties, including urban stakeholders, decision makers, technicians, urban managers and ordinary citizens, as well as international partners.
The National Urban Forum, hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in collaboration with the Monrovia City Corporation and the Land Commission, is funded by Cities Alliance and UN-Habitat.