USAID-LEGIT, Ministry of Internal Affairs and GC Sign MoC

Source: Front Page Africa Online 2017

Reported by Al-Varney Rogers

Monrovia – Liberia governance structure for more than a century has been centralized. In a move to divert from this aged old method, the governments of Liberia and its partners have initiated several reform programs aimed at improving governance at the lowest level.

To further boost this effort, on Tuesday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Liberia (GoL), represented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Governance Commission, formally signed a memorandum of cooperation for the implementation of Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) project.

LEGIT is a USAID-funded project that is supporting the GoL to improve participatory governance and service delivery through decentralization.

The project works closely with MIA and GC at the national level to further strengthen the capacity of the GoL as it implements Liberia’s National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance.

At the sub-national level, LEGIT works with local administrations and civil society organizations to improve service delivery and citizens’ participation in three counties- Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh and three cities- Gbarnga, Ganta, and Zwedru.

The MoC lays out the nature of technical services that USAID will provide to MIA and GC, as these agencies take the lead in the implementation of the GoL decentralization agenda.

Under the MoC, USAID will support MIA and GC to undertake policy and procedural reforms at the national and sub-national levels.

These reforms will be jointly determined and subsequently outlined as separate performance Improvement Roadmaps for MIA and GC.

The PIRs will identify key priority areas for capacity strengthening, and the technical assistance to be provided by the LEGIT Project.

On behalf of the United States Government, USAID Mission Director, Dr. Anthony S. Chan, expressed appreciation for the initiatives of MIA and GC in leading the GoL’s efforts on decentralization.

Dr. Chan encouraged the MIA and the GC to sustain advocacy for the passage of the local government Act that will clearly establish the legal framework for decentralization in Liberia.

“As the Local Government Act is still to be passed, the legal framework is insufficient to provide the necessary guidance for decentralization to be fully and effectively implemented. I would thus encourage you to sustain your active advocacy and engagement with the Senate for the passage of this Act,” Dr. Chan said.

“I am extremely delighted to join you today for the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Government of Liberia-through the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Governance Commission and the United States government through USAID and its Local Empowerment for government Inclusion and Transparency activity or LEGIT.”

The USAID Mission Director said, “The Memorandum of Cooperation is a concrete expression of our commitment at USAID to help Liberia achieve the ultimate goal of decentralization environment.”

“This MOC is also a concrete expression of your government’s commitment to improving local governance and service delivery to its citizens. We acknowledge that both your agencies have worked very closely with USAID-LEGIT since its inception. We see this as symbolic of your ownership of the initiatives you will be implementing with LEGIT’s technical assistance are realized.”

In separate remarks, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa USAID for its support for decentralization in Liberia, and promised to continue working with USAID in implementing the LEGIT Project.

“For most of you here who are not originally from this part of the country, this means a lot for us,” Dr. Tokpa said.

Tokpa furthered: “A lot has been done over the years, we must thank the President for moving Liberia from an imperial Presidency, which gives authority to county officials, thus moving from a centralized government; we look forward to the implementation of the decentralization process.”

DISCLAIMER: This article was published by the Front Page Africa Online and was retrieved on June 14, 2017 and posted here for information and educational purposes only. RESPECT Liberia is not responsible for the content of published materials.


USAID, LEGIT Takes Accountability Training to Grand Gedeh County

Source: Front Page Africa Online


Monrovia – In an effort to promote the twin concept of transparency and accountability at the counties level,  USAID Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT)  Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (M&EL) Team conducts three-day technical training in Monitoring and Evaluations.

The training, which started on 28 March 2017 in the city of Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County brought together officials of the city and county authorities, county monitoring officers, and representatives from the Government Ministries, Agencies, and Commissions (MAC). Also in attendance were technical staff of LEGIT and the County Teams.

During the official opening of the training, Grand Gedeh County Assistant Development Superintendent, Abraham Gbeway welcomed LEGIT technical team to the county.

In his welcome remarks, he thanked LEGIT for selecting Grand Gedeh as a host County for the training.

He expressed the significance of monitoring and evaluation and challenged every participant to use the knowledge gained to improve the performances of their daily work at the county and city levels.

Speaking on behalf of the LEGIT Project, Judy Oduma, LEGIT Capacity Development and Field Manager expressed the project commitment to bridge the capacity gap that exist within the county and city authorities of Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties.

Madam Oduma also expressed commitment to work with the county and city authorities to ensure the success of LEGIT project.

For his part, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, George Tee Forpoh provided the training overview. In his remark, Mr. Forpoh said the training is in fulfillment of the Automated Data System (ADS), specifically ADS 203- a chapter that provides guidance for USAID operating units-USAID missions, regional platforms, Washington Bureaus, and Offices by assessing and learning.

Henceforth referred to as USAID mission and offices on agency practices and standards used to determine how existence objectives are achieving their result.

The training is expected to end on 30 March 2017.

LEGIT is a US$10 million USAID-supported project that seeks to increase the accountability, transparency, and effectiveness of sub-national governments’ resources in three of the fifteen counties of Liberia-namely; Gbarnga City, Bong County, Ganta City, Nimba County and Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County. LEGIT provides support to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Governance Commission as they lead, monitor, and coordinate the implementation of Liberia’s decentralization agenda.

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Liberian President Dedicates Several Projects in Grand Gedeh County

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Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has arrived in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County on the final leg of her southwestern tour.

The tour took her to several towns including Zleh City, Gwien Town, Carr Town, Gboleken and Kanweaken in River Gee County dedicating several development projects.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was earlier welcomed and presented the traditional kola nuts by chiefs and elders as well as local leaders led by Superintendent Peter Solo includingmembers of the County Legislative Caucus.

The Liberian leader later opened the County Service Center and dedicated several development projects.

Among projects dedicated were the Zwedru Water Supply and Sanitation facilities, a modernmarketin Suah Town Community  Zwedru,the Zwedru Recreation Center, a Junior High School in the Gboleken Community, Community, and Commissioner Compound in Carr Town and the Zleh Market Building in Zleh Town.

At the opening of the County Service Center, President Sirleaf said the once unfortunate April 14 has been transformed into a peaceful period.

She said such peaceful revolution became possible as a result of the full support and cooperation of the Liberian people.

The Liberian leader commended the people of Grand Gedeh for their desire for peace as evidence of their partnership with the government.

The Liberian Chief Executive emphasized that she did not only come to Grand Gedeh to dedicate projects but to also interact with citizens and thanked them for keeping the peace and their supporting to the government during the last 11 years.

“I want to thank you in a very special way for standing by the government and for the many development I see taking place here in Zwedru City,” she emphasized.

She emphasized the importance of the Local government and the Land Rights Acts, which she described as revolutionary.

Presenting the keys of the County Service Center to Superintendent Peter Solo, President Sirleaf congratulated Grand Gedeansfor the level of development they are carrying on in the county and particularly for keeping the city clean.

She thanked Mayor Ms. Rita W. Kai for her courage and innovation in making the city clean adding: “I have not being everywhere yet; but what I am seeing here means that Zwedru is cleaner than Monrovia,” President Sirleaf told the citizens.

The Liberian leaderthen challenged citizens of various counties living in Monrovia to sometimes go back to their respective counties during weekends to monitor and assess the County Service Center and other development initiatives taking place in theircounties.

For his part Superintendent Peter Solo applauded President Sirleaf for dedicating the County Service Center and assured that the Center will be used for the purpose intended.

He used the occasion to described President Sirleaf as the “Greatest President” ever in the history of Liberia for her abilityto demonstrate leadership at all levels.

Also making remarks was the Acting Chair of the County Legislative Caucus, Hon. Moria T. Waylee, Senator Wesseh, of River Gee County, the Deputy SRSG of UNMIL, a representative of EU, Zwedru City Mayor, USAID among others.

They commended President Sirleaf and the Government of the Republic of Liberia establishing County Service Centers to alleviate the burden of access and to bring the government closer to the people.

They encouraged citizens and residents to make use of the center and protect it for the good of the country and its people.

President Sirleaf also made a brief stopover at the Midwifery Training Program in Douyee Town, Grand Gedeh County enroute to Zleh Town.

She commended the students for being in school despite the difficulties they are encountering. She pledged her government’s continued commitment to their wellbeing among other concerns raised.

She promised to look into concerns raised by the students including the fencing of the school campus, the issue of transportation for the School to effectively carryout its functions and for use by students andpromised to take up the issue of graduates working but not on payroll with Ministry of Health authorities.

The students through Mrs. Smallwood commended Madam President for reopening the institution after many years of closure and for immensely contributing to the development efforts of Liberia.

During her tour, President Sirleaf made several stops along the route and interacted with jubilant citizens.

She presented food and non-food items especially to elderly women and men, students, youths who lined the route to welcome the Liberian leader.

Meanwhile, at dinner held in honor of President Sirleaf, the Women of Grand Gedeh County gowned the Liberian leader for her extraordinary leadership and the many development initiatives in Grand Gedeh County and Liberia in particular.

They said since her ascendancy as President Liberia has been peaceful something they said has motivated their decision to honor and gown her.

Responding, President Sirleaf thanked the women for the honor and praised them for sustaining the peace.

She called on them to continue maintaining and keeping the peace in everything they do.

The Liberian leader promised to work with the County Legislative Caucus to look into some of their concerns proffered.

She congratulated them for standing by the government including their legislators over the past 11 years.

Speaking earlier, the Secretary General of Grand Gedeh Legislative Caucus, Hon. Alex Grant thanked President Sirleaf for taking development to Grand Gedeh County.

He particularly praised President Sirleaf for transmission lines now running through bordering villages.

Hon. Grant said: “I was boned in the late 60s; since that time up to now, I have not seeing wire crossing over in my village, today am seeing it, that’s something good,” he said.

In separate remarks, Superintendent Peter Solo youth, women, chiefs and the Governor Council – praised President Sirleaf for sustaining the peace and the numerous development projects.

In a related development, President Sirleaf on Sunday inspected ongoing works at the Grand Gedeh Community College.

She was met on arrival by the President of the College, Dr. Solomon Jallayon and an array of students. College President Jallayon informed President Sirleaf that the entire project is put at US$1,250,000 and is expected to be completed in December.

Already 30% of the total cost has been advanced to contractors.

Responding, President Sirleaf expressed delight over the level of work that has been done on the college with only 30% committed thus far.

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MIA, Partners End Peace, Reconciliation, Dialogue Seminar


Mrs. Shetha K. Weah, Executive Director – RESPECT Liberia


PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   March 23, 2017

The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and its partner, Respect Liberia, over the weekend ended a two-day peace and reconciliation dialogue held at the Zwedru City Hall in Grand Gedeh County.

Morris Wesseh, head of secretariat, said the dialogue is a United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Quick Impact Project implemented by the MIA in collaboration with the Rural Education Sponsorship Program.

The project, Mr. Wesseh said, also incorporates stakeholders from all over the county to form part of the multi-disciplinary dialogue forum that discusses issues that support peace and reconciliation in the county.

Participants also discussed how to enhance the drafting of a 5-year vision plan for reconciliation and an action plan for the conduct of peaceful elections in October.

Participants were drawn from Zwedru and its immediate environs, including representatives of local authority, political parties, the media, motorcyclists and trade unions.

The seminary commenced on February 11 and ended on March 1.

Mrs. Shetha Koon Weah, Respect-Liberia executive director, said the project is funded by UNMIL through the MIA to institute transparency where necessary.

Meanwhile, the UNMIL regional field office Political Affairs Officer, Jean Bosco, has expressed gratitude to the MIA and partner for organizing what he said was the most successful and inclusive peace and reconciliation dialogue ever held in the county.

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