Finance and Development Planning Minister, Honorable Boima Kamara has called on citizens of Foya District, Lofa County to participate fully in the African Peer Review Mechanism Report scheduled for June 2017. He told citizens of Foya it is important for them to have a say in the decision-making process.
According to a Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Minister Kamara made the call on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Foya, Lofa County during a Town Hall Meeting aimed at educating the people about the African Peer Review Mechanism.
The Liberian Finance Minister however informed the people that African Peer Review Mechanism is about Liberians writing a story of their own with regards to the governance process. He said that the review of the country’s governance process requires the inputs of everyone adding: “That it will help inform the rest of the world about progress and challenges of the government.”
As the APRM National Focal Point for Liberia, Minister Kamara emphasized that the APRM is an African initiative that should be owned and supported by all Africans as Africa’s flag-ship for good governance.
Finance Minister Kamara also urged youths, elders, and traditional leaders to get involved into the development of their county - by undertaking personal initiatives including the clearing of bushes and brushing along the road leading to the district.
The Government Fiscal Head took part in a roadside brushing activity, which he earlier commissioned along with the District City Mayor, commissioner and other prominent citizens of the county. He assured the people of Foya of the Ministry’s cooperation, which will ensure the Ministry of Public Works’ urgent intervention in pothole repairs on roads leading to the district.
The sensitization campaign seeks to educate citizens about the APRM as “Africa’s Self-assessment for good governance and the need for citizens to participate and be supportive of the APRM at the continental, regional, sub-regional and national levels.
Officials of the APRM Continental Secretariat, alongside the APRM Communications and Technical Research Institutes (TRI’s), officially launched the Outreach Campaign on October 19 & 20, 2016 sponsored by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
The Sensitization and Outreach Campaign is currently been rolled out in 14 of Liberia’s 15 counties namely Kakata City, Margibi County, Gbarnga City, Bong County, Ganta City, Nimba County, Buchannan City, Grand Bassa County and Cestos City, Rivercess County, Fish Town, Rivergee, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Barclayville, Grand Kru County, Harper and Pleebo, Cities, Maryland County, Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Robertsports, Grand Cape Mount County, Bopolu Gbarpolu County, and Foya and Voinjama, Lofa County.
APRM National Sensitization and Outreach Campaign is the center of attraction and the focus of discussion in all quarters of the counties where the campaign is currently been launched.