The Minister of Internal Affairs, Varney A. Sirleaf, has disclosed that most county superintendents have abandoned their offices to chase money being provided by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), at various training workshops and seminars being held across the country.
According to Minister Sirleaf, the County Superintendents, along with some of their principal deputies have left their respective offices, and moving from one county to another, attending workshops and seminars organized by NGOs, without the prior knowledge and consent of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
He called on all local authorities in the 15 counties to give their traveling schedules to the relevant officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs before their participation in any training workshops or seminars organized by NGOs.
Minister Sirleaf explained that the Ministry is not against the
Traveling of the County Superintendents and their Principal Deputies but the constant abandonment of their offices in the various counties is causing serious problems in the conduct of government operations.
The Internal Affairs Minister warned those local leaders who are going from county to county, attending workshops and seminars organized by NGOs to desist from such acts.
He cautioned the superintendents and their deputies to remain committed to the execution of their official duties.
Minister Sirleaf also underscored the need for NGOS operating in the country to always inform the MIA if any local officials in the counties are invited to participate in any training workshops or seminars.
Minister Sirleaf made these remarks at the opening ceremony of a three-day National
Boundary Dispute Resolution and Local Governance Orientation conference which is being held at the Wuo Garbie Tarpia Intellectual Hall, Peace Empire Hotel in Ganta, Nimba County.
The National Boundary Dispute Resolution and Local Governance Orientation conference has been organized by the Carter Center with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the SWEDEN government.
For his part, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs for Operation,
Emmet K. Reeves, observes that most of the local authorities in the 15 counties have little or no knowledge as regards the operation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Deputy Minister Reeves said the conference was therefore intended to enhance the knowledge and capacity of the local leaders who are working with the MIA.
Also speaking at the conference, Nimba County Superintendent, David Dorr Cooper, underscored the need for logistical empowerment of local leaders in the execution of their responsibilities.
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