Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has challenged superintendents of the fifteen counties to speed up the process of decentralization in their counties, following the week long intensive orientation.
Vice President Boakai made the statement last Saturday, February 21, following the program marking at the end of the decentralization platform held in Gbarnga, Bong County.
He encouraged the superintendents to effectively review their methods of leadership and coordination in the context of the implementation of the deconcentration platform and county development agenda.
The Liberian Vice President urged the superintendents and their co-workers to stand, roundly prepared, and poised to take charge of the task ahead of them.
“Yours is the challenge to take the theoretical formulations you now carry and apply them on the grounds in practical terms,” said VP Boakai.
VP Boakai said fashioning such a strategy and method was indeed a critical undertaking in itself, adding that the main challenge lies in applying those strategies to practical situations that could derive at anticipated outcomes.
“More often than not, we have had very little difficulty in showing our ability in the construction of nice-sounding and excellent looking theories, but then falling flat in the sphere of implementation.
“We often get distracted from the main track, either by neglect, laziness, avarice or sheer lack of commitment,”Joseph Boakai admitted.
VP Boakai reaffirmed the commitment of the government, especially with the issue of decentralization programs, undergirding belief in the correctness and imperative of taking the government to the people.
Vice President Boakai said, “To our Superintendents whose hands we are here to strengthen, you are being thrust onto center stage, a sort of fulcrum from which the program will be run.
“We give you this responsibility, accompanied by the authority it demands for its success.”
He further said that decentralization is key and that more work must be done; especially implementation should be a priority to all superintendents of Liberia’s fifteen counties.
Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukulysaid following President Sirleaf’s promise, the Gbarnga event held 4 major activities, which are the core pillars of moving the government closer to the people.
He also recognized five long serving chiefs that President Sirleaf had recognized for their dedicated services to their people and the nation.
Minister Dukuly said since December 2014, the Ministry Agency Commissions has worked diligently in making sure to develop an action plan for moving services to the people in the country.
“The United Nations Development Program which is a key partner to the Liberian government has agreed to assign county technical advisors to each of the fifteen counties beginning so as to ease the burden of the county superintendents,” Minister Dukuly said.
He joined Vice President Boakai by challenging the county superintendents to fulfil the goals of decentralization at their various counties.
“Now, let’s leave here renewed in our spirits, inspired by the President’s charge and let’s fulfill the goals of decentralization and deconcentration in our fifteen counties,districts,chiefdoms,clans, towns and our villages,” Mr. Dukuly urged.