The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has provided support to the 15 counties in the fight against the deadly disease and for the decentralization process in Liberia.
Speaking last Friday at the official presentation of the items at the Internal Affairs Ministry in Monrovia, Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen, Country Director of UNDP said he was pleased to turn over some of the items requested by the various counties that would help in containing and breaking the transmission of the Ebola disease.
The UNDP, through the Internal Affairs Ministry, has provided motorbikes, mattresses, anti-Ebola buckets, mega phones, generators, T-shirts, printers and fliers, among others, to the 15 counties in support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
The Country Director explained that the items are in line with requests made by the Superintendents on the basis of their respective needs in the fight against the Ebola disease.
“This will help the various counties to respond rapidly when the need arises. When each county is given a task and empowered, it will help greatly in the decentralization of Liberia.”
Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen said, “Some requested for more than 3 motorbikes, generators for Ebola treatment units, T-shirts with the inscription, “Ebola is real,” mattresses for ETUs and others. The value of the donated items is approximately US$450,000, he said.
The UNDP boss assured the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the people of Liberia of the UNDP’s commitment to the country’s decentralization process and to the fight against the Ebola virus.
He explained that fighting Ebola is not a battle that Liberian and partners can win in the hospitals only, but by the contributions of everyone, including the community dwellers in the various counties.
Minister Dukuly described the UNDP support to the various counties as a total manifestation of decentralization of Liberia, which allows each county to perform its own tasks at the local level.
Decentralization is not having workshops but rather, local capacity building and enabling the people to take ownership in the development of their county, said Minister Dukuly.
“We cannot achieve decentralization with workshops. It is sustained over time with the ability to have people understand fiscal affairs and decentralization,” he explained.
He continued, “This is not about the physical decentralization as important as it is, or political decentralization because everyone wants election, everyone wants a county superintendent position. Decentralization is about the people taking ownership of their lives, of their governance. It involves people taking ownership and being proud of what they can do to enhance their status,” he declared.
Witnessing the ceremony were, Chief Zanzan Kawah, Head of the Traditional Council of Liberia, Deputy Minister, Varney A. Sirleaf, County Superintendents and other government officials from the Justice and Internal Affairs Ministries.