-Advocates for Mobility
In appreciation of outstanding performances and dedicated services rendered the district in particular and the country at large, the Patriotic Alliance of Liberia (PAL) has honored 85 chiefs in Voinjama District in Lofa County.
The elaborate program held Friday Aril 15, 2016 witnessed the certification and gowning of chiefs in their respective capacities ranging from paramount, clan, sectional and town chiefs. The ceremony took place in Vezala Town in Voinjama Distrct, Lofa County.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the program, the Executive Director of PAL, Korva M. Jorgbor, said “the recognition given the dedicated servicemen as certification and gowning, is the first of its kind since the foundation of the Republic of Liberia and will serve as a motivational factor to forge forward.”
According to him, such manner of encouragement is deeply embedded in the notion that it would stimulate leaders across Liberia and even the world. He also said “it will encourage the chiefs to perform to the best of their ability for the overall benefit of local residents.”
The group`s Executive Director, noted that it is a herculean task serving as chief–supervising hundreds and thousands of people with diverse backgrounds and different ideological and philosophical thoughts–hence, hosting the program is justified.
Meanwhile, he used the occasion to remind superintendents, commissioners and other government officials, especially those in local governance, to be conscious of the roles of chiefs and respect them.
In a related development, Jorgbor has observed that in spite of the crucial role played by chiefs in the execution of government’s mandates, paramount chiefs, clan chiefs and sectional chiefs need motorcycles to convey them from one point of their areas of control to another.
According to him, the issuance of motorcycles to the chiefs would facilitate patrols for the purpose of correcting mal-practices and effectuate administrative matters in towns they control.
He referenced quarterly patrols made by paramount chiefs in their chiefdoms, after which immediate report is presented to the district commissioner, as genuine reasons necessitating the issuance of motorcycles to the local government officers, adding that the report shall include the administrative behavior and activities of all chiefs and other officers.
Jargbor advised that the reluctance of locals to pay meaningful contributions for projects designed to benefit them should serve as an impetus for the chiefs to enforce the laws and ensure compliance.
Meanwhile, upon recognizing the important task performed by chiefs in the dispensation of justice and the maintenance of peace, Mr. Jorgbor advocates for the reintroduction of the tribal courts.
“Court which will improve the administration of the justice system, and help settle land disputes, needs the full support of national government.” PAL Executive Director is calling go national government to create a balance between modern and traditional practices of dispensing justice in order to minimize or prevent conflict with modern human rights and best practice as well as other domestic laws.
He therefore urged the government through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, to immediately reestablish tribal courts in order to empower chiefs in dispensing justice.
He also called on the Government of Liberia provide allowances to chiefs that are not on payroll in order to ensure effectiveness in the implementation of duty.