The international non-governmental organization, Carter Center, under its Access to Justice Project has started a week-long capacity development training for 150 traditional chiefs, women and youth leaders from Margibi and Montserrado counties.
The training, which is being conducted in series, got underway on Monday, August 12, in Kakata, Margibi County.
The National Dispute Resolution Monitor of Carter Center, Mr. Johnny K. Ndebe, told the Liberia News Agency in Kakata on Monday that the training is in continuation of Carter Center’s Rule of Law and Access to Justice Project.
Ndebe said the project is a three-year undertaking with funding provided by the Swedish
Government and is aimed at strengthening the capacity of traditional leaders to advance and implement good governance and community justice practices.
He said the training is specifically focusing on legal information dissemination and dispute resolution.
On the issue of legal information, Ndebe revealed that the participants are being educated on the overview of the Liberian Constitution with specific reference to fundamental rights and citizenship, review of the court structure and the criminal justice system of Liberia.
He explained that the local traditional leaders are also being taught dispute resolution with regards to their traditional norms.
The Carter Center official narrated that it is important for people, especially local traditional leaders, to get a clear understanding of how government functionaries work, adding that in the absence of such knowledge, people make decisions ignorantly.
Ndebe noted that these local leaders are being educated to ensure that whatever actions they take in their respective communities will not contravene the laws of the state.
He disclosed that after the training, the local leaders will be monitored to ensure that the knowledge acquired is fully implemented.
Speaking earlier, Peter Barnyou, Paramount Chief of Gibi District in Margibi County, praised Carter Center for the continuous training opportunities being provided local leaders.
Chief Barnyou asserted that these trainings continue to be rewarding as they are being educated on some of their basic rights; and how to amicably resolve crises that may arise in their respective communities.
He urged first time participants, especially those that were recently appointed, to take keen interest in the training sessions to acquire the basic knowledge that would direct them in the discharge of their duties.