Local government stakeholders in southeastern Liberia have listed a number challenges including lack of logistics as challenges that were impeding the full functioning of their respective offices.
The stakeholders including county superintendents, chiefs, and commissioners listed the required logistics to include vehicles and motorbikes, trained personnel, staff on payroll and adequate security personnel needed to carry out their respective duties.
According to a release, the local government stakeholders presented their requirements to Internal Affairs Minister, Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, during his recent tour of Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, Rivergee and Grand Gedeh Counties.
Dr. Tokpa was touring those counties to hold Town Hall and consultative meetings with cross-sections of citizens including superintendents, districts commissioners, paramount chiefs, clan chiefs, and the zoes to acquaint himself with local leaderships and issues confronting the communities.
Minister Tokpa called on citizens to invest in agriculture, because according to him, the country has long depended on outside sources when the land is rich for agriculture.
During the discussions, the citizens applauded Minister Tokpa for providing the right forum where they could exchange ideas on local government, describing him as a “real leader,” who has his people at heart.
In separate statements, the local leaders noted that for too long, no Internal Affairs Minister has demonstrated such commitment toward the betterment of local officials in the counties as Minister Tokpa.
In response Minister Tokpa promised to document their concerns into a work plan for onward submission to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
He promised to work with county legislative caucuses and local leaders for the betterment of their counties.