Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa
‘Service To The People In Full Swing’ - Tokpa
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, January 12 (LINA) –Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa has said the implementation of the three components of the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance are in full swing.
He named the components as Administrative, Fiscal and Political Decentralization.
The MIA minister made the disclosure Thursday when he addressed a one-day Town Hall Meeting held in the Gbarnga Administrative Building.
He said the meeting is one of several awareness mechanisms intended to provoke the participation of citizens in the decentralization and de-concentration of services.
The program is sponsored by the Government of Liberia, European Union, Sweden, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.N. Development Program and U.N Mission in Liberia.
“During an assessment in 2014, Town Hall Meeting was identified as a key means through which information sharing with our people can be achieved,” he noted.
According to Dr. Tokpah, the ministry and partners have already held Town Hall Meetings in Grand Bassa, Margibi and Gbarnga, with the next meeting slated for Salala City in Bong County.
The Bong County Service Center was opened on April 25, 2016 and is providing 23 services, including the issuance of the marriage, birth, vehicle registration certificates as well as various kinds of permits and receipts.
The Internal Affairs Minister promised to extend the meeting to other parts of the country as the number of County Service Centers increases.
Dr. Tokpa wants Liberians to make use of the services being provided which have drastically reduced constraints previously faced by citizens seeking these services in Monrovia.
The exercise, he noted, is open to all people, including those of the Drivers Union, Motorcycle Union, Civil Society Organizations, Youth groups, students, and the disabled.
Earlier in a brief welcome statement, Bong County Development Superintendent
Anthony Sheriff recalled the Liberian leader’s vow to ensure that government services are taken closer to citizens.
He cautioned participants to maturely seek answers to questions through whatever medium to enable them fully understand the required procedures.
All 14 line ministries and agencies were represented and explained procedures in which their individual services can be acquired and provided answers to questions posed by the public.