A two-day retreat, aimed at reviewing the successes and challenges experienced by the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) in 2020, has ended. The retreat also looked at how the organization will strategically plan for the improvement of its overall performance in 2021.
The event, which was held at a local resort in Paynesville, was intended to reflect on and review lessons learned from 2020; as well as enhance staffs’ capacity in project design and implementation; increase internal coordination, information sharing, and collaboration; as well as to equip staff with the needed document and tools for timely reporting.
According to a CENTAL press release, the Board Chairman, Cllr. T. Negbalee Warner said the retreat was necessary to allow the organization to plan properly, effectively and efficiently in executing the task of fighting corruption and bad governance in Liberia. Cllr. Warner, however, lauded the staffs of CENTAL for their commitment to serve their country through CENTAL over the years; he then encouraged everyone to work even harder for the building of integrity and the promotion of transparency and accountability across all sectors of the country.
He stated that continuous capacity building remains very critical to the survival as well as enhancement of productivity, efficiency, and growth of CENTAL. He said making Liberia better, and a corruption-free nation requires the honest effort of everyone including staffs of CENTAL who according to him, have signed off to a pledge of fighting the menace of corruption and build a culture of transparency and accountability in Liberia.
Cllr. Warner, a current Dean at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, at the University of Liberia thanked the Management of CENTAL through its Executive Director, Anderson D. Miamen for the exceptional leadership role in leading the organization over the years. CENTAL Executive Director, Anderson Miamen lauded the staff for the level of commitment and dedication shown over time as well as their expressed willingness to always acquire new skills for the improvement of their capacity as well as the operational capacity of the Organization.
He used the occasion to inform the staffs to return to their respective places of assignment with renewed dynamism and further commitment to achieving the organization’s targets for 2021. Also speaking, the Program Manager of CENTAL, Gerald D. Yeakula, thanked the County Field Officers (CFOs) for attending the retreat despite the short notice.
He said the participation of everyone over the years is a demonstration of their commitment to the organization and rallied them to remain diligent in the performance of their duties
Meanwhile, the retreat brought together CENTAL’s central office staffs and CFOs from seven counties: Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Gbarpolu, and Bomi. However, the retreat held under the theme: “Reflecting and Planning for Greater Impact.” With funding from the Government and people of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (SIDA), CENTAL is currently implementing a three-year National Integrity Building and Anti-Corruption (NIBA) program 7 counties: Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Gbarpolu, and Bomi.