The 2017 graduates of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) have been urged to be transparent and accountable in the discharge of service to the public to help develop the country and be accountable for public resources.
The institution graduated 555 candidates in various disciplines, some of which included human resource management, public finance, procurement, monitoring and evaluations.
The graduation exercise was held in the auditorium of the University of Liberia (UL) recently, bringing together family members, relatives, representatives of various institutions, who sent candidates for the training.
Dr. J. Luther Tarpeh, who spoke on behalf of Vice President Joseph Boakai, told the graduates that “Each of you have been strategically positioned to serve your country, and must do so with transparency, accountability, commitment and love for development.”
“You have been invested today to serve the people and yourself and solve those problems the country is facing. Liberia’s problem is that educated people believe in serving themselves and not the public or country,” Tarpeh lamented.
On the issue of corruption, Dr. Tarpeh said it is gradually becoming part of the Liberian society, adding, “Corruption in a small place ends up in a big place, and Liberia cannot continue on this path and believe that the country will move forward.”
Speaking of decentralization, Rev. Dr. Tarpeh said if decentralization will be possible in Liberia, there is a need to send some money to rural areas, as Liberia is not only Monrovia , adding that “rural people may not have the education but can help in the development of Liberia.”
He noted that decentralization will only be possible with the decision to cut down central government, adding that “Decentralization is the way forward for Liberia.”
According to him, there is a need for chiefs, elders, women, and youth to be involved in the development of Liberia, especially the rural areas. He said they understand the solutions to local problems in terms of development of their communities.
LIPA, established in 1969 by the Legislature, is now the premier center of excellence for sustainable quality service delivery in Liberia. Over the years, LIPA continues to extend services to the government through ministries, agencies, commissions, private institutions, individuals and the general public. The institution currently provides training in short term programs, which run for two weeks each; fourteen certificate programs, which run for eight weeks each; five diploma programs, which run for sixteen weeks; and also provides customized training programs to suit client needs upon request.
LIPA also provides an avenue for interested candidates to pursue a one-year Master’s in Public Sector Management (MPSM) at the Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIPA).