The construction of County Service Centers (CSCs) is in line with government’s fiscal de-concentration program, within which a County Treasury framework under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning is attached to each CSC.
What happens typically at a County Service Center is this. Instead of citizens running down to Monrovia and wasting time and money processing licenses, registering their business or obtaining certificates for weddings, they just go a local service center, pay the requisite fees and get their documentations processed
Of course, while government must be heralded for implementing such noble scheme that makes life easier for rural communities, it is noteworthy to mention the tremendous financial contributions of key development partners who made the program see the light of day.
It is through the financial contributions of the European Union, Swedish Government, USAID, UNMIL and UNDP that the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) is being implemented.
Construction of CSCs around the country, besides bringing service delivery to the people, also provides employment for locals.
This is one of the reasons why the words of caution from Kakata City Major, Eddie Murphy must be seriously heeded. People should never resort to violence when service delivery at these centers at times fall short of expectations. They should look at these centers as community properties which must be protected at all cost.
In the same token, it is important that the CSCs are fully equipped, staffed with qualified manpower and functional to meet the objectives for which they were established.
We don’t want to see the hard earned effort of our development partners go to waste.