The Carter Center through its Access to Justice Program has ended a two-day capacity strengthening of Traditional Leaders to advance and implement good governance and community justice practices workshop in Bong County.
The Carter Center is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter with a goal to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering, and help to improve the quality of life for people in more than 80 countries.
The workshop which was held in Gbarnga brought together Traditional Leaders from Bong, Lofa Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties.
Speaking at the opening of the Seminar, Carter Center National Dispute Resolution Monitor Johnny Ndebe urged Traditional Leaders to be focus as the Facilitators take the clue to share information that will guide them to contributing to worthy governance system of the Country.
Facilitators of the training were brought from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Carter Center.
Mr. Ndebe said Traditional Leaders play a pivotal role in the governance system of the Country maintaining that it’s essential for them to be trained as they take on the mantle of authority in their various Districts and Clans.
“Today you have come to participate in a two day training that will greatly help you as Chiefs to lead your people well” we urge that you will give us your full attention that when you should have left, you will be able to share the information with your various Town Chiefs and other Community Leaders” he adds.
Mr. Ndebe stated that Carter remains committed to ensuring the implementation of good governance and as such, the Institution will continue to serve in the best interest of the Liberian people.
Also speaking at the end of the Workshop, Mr. D. Emmanuel Wheinyue, the Technical Focal Person at the office of the Minister of Internal Affairs urged Participants at the workshop to make use of the knowledge acquired.
Mr. Wheinyue stated that the Ministry of Internal Affairs greatly depend on Traditional Leaders across the Country to implement its activities adding that the Carter Center training will serve as an eye-opener to the central region Tradition Leaders.
He, at the same time, extended thanks to Carter Center for the initiative and promised the Ministry of Internal Affairs fullest support to its activities.
For their part, Participants at the Workshop praised Carter Center for training them.
“On behalf of the Participants, we want to say thank you to Carter Center for this great thing they have done for, we will not only sit here and learn but as we go to our respective areas of assignments, we will continue to implement these things” Mary Larteh of Bong County told the gathering.
According to her, this was not the only training they have benefited from Carter Center adding “Carter Center has made us learn a lot of things and I want to say thank you to them again”
Also Speaking, Mr. John Worhnu from Lofa County appealed to Carter Center to extend the training to district levels which he said will help Town Chiefs to understand the process.