She stressed that bringing governance closer to the people is an initiative of government that deserves the EU’s support as it gives people the chance to hold government accountable.
Madam Sundblah, however, emphasize that the program should not rely only on the support of the EU and other donors, but must also include the involvement of every Liberian.
Sundblah made the commitment recently at the ground breaking for the construction of a County Service Center (CSC) in Cestos City, Rivercess County, according to a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“This project also depends on the National Legislature that needs to pass the Local Government Act which will create the legal framework for decentralization,” she emphasized.
Speaking on behalf of Government, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Varney A. Sirleaf, thanked UNMIL, especially its Deputy SRSG Antonio Vigilante who was instrumental in the approval of the project, including construction works in other counties.
Sirleaf noted that the CSC project is another means of taking care of Liberians from across the country to avoid violence and tension from the people against the government.
“If we take care of our people, if we serve our citizens, we will cut down money that we spend on people involving in violence as violence is often caused by dissatisfied people,” he added.
Sirleaf then called for partners’ support towards RiverCess County, noting that the CSC will contribute to the development needs in the county.
“Rivercess County is backward; we need to give support to Rivercess because it is backward and challenge them to take ownership of the project,” he observed.
Meanwhile, Rivercess County Superintendent, Matthew Daniels, has expressed excitement that his county could get a County Service Center, and called on Government and partners to do more to improve the living condition of the people.
He said the County has many development needs, stressing that the dream of the people of the county has come true with the coming of the CSC and also encouraged his kinsmen to embrace change regardless their personal feelings.
The groundbreaking ceremony in RiverCess followed similar activity in Tubmanburg, Bomi County on Tuesday, March 1.
Implementation of the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) is funded by the EU, Swedish Government, U. S. Agency for International Development, U.N. Mission in Liberia and U.N. Development Program.