Bong County Service Center Coordinator Jefferson Gbanyan says the center remains committed in decentralization government’s activities and raising revenue to support the success of the Liberian government.
The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a European Union Grant contribution, facilitated the establishment of County Service Centers in all of Liberia’s 15 Counties.
Over a two-year span, UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs with funding from donors like the European Union, the government of Sweden and USAID, constructed or refurbished fifteen centers, and outfitted the buildings with all the furnishings to make them functional.
Mr. Gbanyan in an interview with The Monrovia Times on Tuesday in Gbarnga said in spite of the many challenges, the service center has and continue to contribute immensely to the Country National budget naming the Ministry of Transport as the scorer of the highest mark in terms of money collected at the center.
Even though the decentralization of services begun during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, but Mr. Gbanyan wants the current government to also decentralize the activities of the center at the District level.
Mr. Gbanyan believes when that is done, it will greatly help to increase the monthly collection of the center and also help those that are out of Gbarnga to access the center.
The Bong County Services Center coordinator also complain of the lack of a vehicle, stating that the situation is also undermining the progress of the center.
Mr. Gbanyan stated that if the government provides vehicles for their operation, they will provide millions of dollars every month.
In a related development, the Bong County Service Center has released progress report for the Month of November 2018.
In the Progress report, the center announced the total amount of three million six hundred thirty-seven thousand four hundred and eighty-seven Dollars sixty -seven cents ($3,637,487.67 LD) plus three Thousand seven hundred and twelve United States Dollars ($3,712.00 USD) as total revenue generated during November 2018.
Mr. Gbanyan told our Correspondent that in the month of November, they were able to offer Services to eight hundred and twelve End Users in the county.
He said out of the eight hundred and twelve end users seven hundred forty-seven are males, twenty-nine females and thirty-six Couples.
According to the Bong County Service Center Coordinator out of the $3,637,487.67 Liberian Dollars and $3,712.00 USD, the Ministry of Transport was able to generate the amount of three million two hundred seventy seven thousand four hundred and eighty-eight dollars ($3, 277,488.00 LD) plus two thousand eight hundred and sixty-five united states dollars ($2,865.00 USD), noting that followed by Ministry Internal Affair with one hundred seventy-one thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine dollars ninety-two cents ($171,959. 92 LD) plus four hundred united state dollars ($400.00 USD) and the Central for National Documents Record Agency eighty-seven thousand nine hundred and forty –three dollars and seventy-five cents (87,943.75 LD) plus one hundred ninety-five united state dollars.