By Marcus Malayea in Gbarnga City Bong County
Jefferson Gbanyan, the Bong County Service Center Coordinator, said the service center has recorded 6,731 service users from May 2016 to March 2017.
Tuesday, April 25, was a year since the service center was officially opened to the public in the county as part of the government’s Decentralization and Support Program.
Mr. Gbanyan said the center through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) in the one year generated the total revenue of L$ 6,998,520.35, equivalent to US$69,431.
According to Mr. Gbanyan, birth certificates topped the number of services offered with 4,032 users. He said in the male category from 0-1 year of age, they issued out 346 birth certificates, while in the female category, from the same age range, they issued out 350 birth certificates.
In the second category from 2-5 years of age, the males recorded 821, while the female group recorded 802 birth certificates.
In category three which is from 6-12 years of age, Gbanyan said 898 males registered for birth certificates, whereas females recorded 815.
He specified that for business registrations both Liberian and foreign-owned businesses recorded the total of 325 by males, while 208 were enumerated for females.
Mr. Gbanyan told the Daily Observer that for psychosocial cases, 744 male cases were recorded, while at the same time 679 female cases were recorded. He said 48 schools were issued permits.
“The center also offered other services, which include the issuance of driver licenses, traditional and western marriage certificates, and registration of land deeds.”
The Decentralization Support Program is a one stop shop for the issuance of relevant documents and is being implemented by the government with funding from European Union, the Swedish Government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNMIL, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The government through its partners has opened similar service centers in Grand Bassa, Nimba, Margibi, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Gedeh counties as a means of alleviating some of the problems rural dwellers face obtaining their documents in Monrovia.