Supt. Brandy Wants Local Gov’t Act Printed into Handbills

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Superintendent Florence Brandy addresses participants at NAYMOTE's Civic Engagement exercise in Bentol.

Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy, has stressed the need for the local Government Act of 2016 printed into hand-bills and subsequently distributed among local authorities.

The local government act, when printed into hand-bills and launched, will re-enforce the act to ensure that total development reaches the people.

Supt. Brandy made the call recently when she spoke at a civic engagement hosted in Bentol by NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development. NAYMOTE is conducting a series of similar activities in several other leeward counties.

The local government acts aimed at helping to provide the framework for the country’s decentralization process.

It may be recalled in 2016 the act was introduced during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Members of the 54th Legislature passed the act into law, following years of uncertainty by the 53rd Legislature, apparently aimed at fine-tuning the two instruments — the Local Government Act (LGA) and the Liberia Land Right Acts (LLRA), respectively — the two cardinal legal instruments to be in line with current national and international realities.

It was subsequently signed by President George Weah on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, but since then, little or nothing has been done for its implementation.

“We need to start discussing the Act, and until the it is printed into handbills and launched throughout the country, there will always be serious challenges in terms of development,” the Superintendent  said.

She then stressed the need for local authorities to start lobbying with the central government to ensure that the Act is printed into handbills. Supt. Brandy said when this is done, it will make local government authorities understand what are the necessary information contained in the document.

According to her, since the act was passed into law by members of the 54th Legislature, and subsequently, signed by President Weah, little or nothing has been done to re-enforce its implementation.

Foday C. Bayah, a pillar-four specialist of the PAPD at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, said since President Weah took over, there have been some external factors that have hampered the government’s development agenda, some of which he attributed to the change of “some socio-economic variables.” Therefore, Bayah stressed the need for citizens to manage their expectations.

He thanked NAYMOTE for holding the event, which he said will help citizens to understand the importance of the Pro-poor agenda, and what are some challenges government is faced with in meeting its development agenda.

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  1. Can’t say that actual decentralization can not take place in that country. But it will be more of a political fight for a peaceful decentralization. Decentralization offers two important political issues. One being the sharing of political power and the other political competition. These two are the major reasons the centralized government is politically opposed to decentralization and is hanging on to centralized raw power by pushing all kind of political excuses , namely, that is no money to carry out such political process. But the real issue is political competition. For instance, say Grand Bassa County was given a kind of political autonomy like every other county under the decentralized plan, and has a progressive leadership in developing that county to the point that such development rivals that of the centralized government , of course, the leadership from Grand Bassa County would like to do for the entire country what they did at Grand Bassa County, and would very much like to wrestle the presidency . That is the kind of political competition that is feared the most by the centralized government. Which seeks to maintain raw political power over all the counties while promising more and delivering nothing. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf saw that , but only decided to do something at the end of her presidency. All superintendents worked at the will of her political personal pleasure. Now the present regime has adopted its own excuses in order not to print the law concerning the local government into handbooks because there is no money and the process is too expensive. Even the one time presidential candidate from Grand Bassa County Brunskine believes that decentralization is too costly for the country, after all these decades of centralized planning that has failed. Raw political power is what is be sought by the presidential candidates. We can join the June political protests to force the regime to print the handbooks and start the implementation of the process based on what is in the law concerning the establishment of the local government. June is our chance to raise our views and voices on national issues.

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