The Grand Bassa County Service Center (CSC) has
raised over L$3 million and US$70,000 over the last eight months in revenues due to the Liberian government.
The Coordinator of the Center, Mac Willie, said over 1,200 citizens utilized services provided at the center during the period January to August 2018.
Willie attributed the huge revenue generation to the hard work of the 52 CSC staffs and the willingness of citizens to utilize services offered at
He told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) that the county service center has offices for the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Health and Commerce and Industry, noting that the presence of these ministries has facilitated the acquisition of traditional marriage and birth certificates, for children below 12 years as well as business registration.
He also referenced the county record at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), stating, “We were rated first in Liberia by the LRA for being able to accumulate over L$6 million and US$30,000 for national and local development through the County Service Center.”
The Center paved the way in 2016 for former Vice President Joseph Boakai to formally launch the operation of other centers across
the country under the decentralization program.
According to the CSC official, there are eleven government ministries and agencies operating at the center.
Among the Ministries are Labor, Health, Commerce, Gender, Transport,
Education and Public Works.
Other agencies include LISGIS, the Center for National Documents and Records Agency and Liberia Revenue Authority.
The CSC Coordinator said despite the progress made over time, the center still faces challenges in its operations.
He cited alarming low budgetary allotment, the slow pace of vehicle registration and issuance of driver license at the Transport section.
Willie, who took over from the first Coordinator, Sagacious M. Gardoe in February 2017, explained that under his stewardship,
the government has only remitted US$39,000 for 2017 and 2018 operations.
He said of this amount, the government presented US$25,000 in March of
2017 while the balance US$14,000 was made available in May 2018.
Willie also said that since March 2017, over 12 staffs still need to
be placed on the government payroll, adding that the situation has created
ineffectiveness on the job, with affected workers from the ministries
of Labor, Commerce, Internal Affairs, Health, Education, LISGIS and
LRA not fully displaying an eagerness to work.
“These individuals are playing major roles in their areas, which means
that their dissatisfaction results in poor or low service delivery,” he pointed out.
“As we anticipate a Center that will host every national function in the coming years, there is a need for government to prioritize the
County Service Center in its budgetary allotment,” he stressed.
According to him, this is because it raises more funds for both the national and local functions of government.