President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week dedicated three county service centers in Western Liberia, bringing the number of service centers across the country to seven.
The President opened the Bomi County Service Center in Tubmanburg as she ended the first leg of her county tour, which took her to Grand Cape Mount and Gbapolu counties.
The Bomi County Service Center (CSC) is among other efforts the government has made to decentralize its program with the intent of bringing civil services closer to the people.
She expressed gratitude to residents of Bomi County when she cut ribbons to the County Service Center.
“Thank you Bomi County. Thank you for keeping the peace. The peace that we have today could not have been possible if each of you did not play your part,” she told jubilant residents.
President Sirleaf said the opening of the center marked a significant transition to a new governance approach aimed at making services available to the people in areas where they live.
“With the opening of this center, it now becomes easier for our people to access services without coming to Monrovia,” President Sirleaf emphasized.
She expressed appreciation to partners, particularly the Swedish Government, European Union, USAID, UNDP and the United Nations as well as the local authorities and citizens for their support and commitment to lifting Liberia.
In her remarks, United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, said the de-concentration of services through the CSCs represents a great initiative in making the government more responsive to the needs of the citizens in the overall decentralization process.
She added that until the passage of the Local Government Act, the centers will be used to empower local communities through election of some county officials and also bring decision-making and governance closer to the people.
In their separate remarks, the representatives of the European Union, Swedish Embassy in Monrovia and the United Nations said the County Service Center will make it easier for the locals to remain in their respective counties while accessing quality government services.