In an effort to boost the decentralization program in the country, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has demonstrated its commitment and held a three day successful confab on Stakeholders High Level Consultation and Sensitization on Rationalization of Local Government Administrative structures such as Districts, cities, townships and Traditional structures; Chiefdoms, Clans, and General Towns in Gbarnga City, Bong County, with the support from the United Nations Development Programmes.
Those local government officials and traditional leaders who attended the consultation and sensitization confab include; Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Bong counties.
Speaking at the confab, the Deputy Minister for Research and Development Planning at the Ministry of Internal Affairs J. Tiah Nagbe said Decentralization is a Good Governance that divides government business between central and local actors and it brings more people into the process of development and service delivery, and promotes greater accountability.
Minister Nagbe told the participants that too many political sub-divisions are obstacle to decentralization and it leads to high administrative costs, and less money for development and services.
According to Minister Nagbe, that also makes it difficult for government to reach out to people and localities are not self-sustaining and could undermine national unity when localities turn ethnic, and that Good Governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Advisor or political Decentralization Dr. Alfred Kulah said people fought war in Liberia for two reasons; poverty and marginalization.