Lack of Coordination Hampers Decentralization Program

first_imgLack of coordination among ministries and agencies of government is hampering the decentralization exercise initiated since 2006, to give back some of the power to the local people in the various counties and is said to be dominated by a handful people based mainly in Monrovia.Upon the inception of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government in 2006, the County Development Funds (CDF) was introduced to spearhead the decentralization exercise. The government initiated the CDF as a way of starting a program of decentralization and moving from the decision-making priority setting in Monrovia, but this is not going as planned, President Sirleaf has said.The CDF was based on a County Development Agenda (CDA), which brought together all ministry sectors to discuss with local authorities and representatives, along with community and political leaders, in order to determine clear guidelines and the best priorities for the counties, which would in turn be supported by the CDF.The national medium term development framework, Agenda for Transformation (AT), adopted at the National Vision Conference on December 12, 2012 , has anchored decentralization as one of the major features of the governance arrangement, designed to support inclusive growth and development. But it has yet to be brought to fruition.But President Sirleaf has indicated that like many things in the country this program, which started so well has failed because the CDF moved from judging the right priorities and instead based its decisions on politics.She was, however, quick to suggest that ministries and agencies (the government) revert support back to the counties through the County Development Fund (CDF). “We need to go back to the original intent of funding in the counties and the coordination that comes from a comprehensive CDA that establishes the right priorities based on a clear set of criteria,” she said.President Sirleaf made the assertion at the close of a one-day joint Ministry of Internal Affairs and Governance Commission High-Level Roundtable on Decentralization Implementation, at the Monrovia City Hall last Thursday.The High-Level Roundtable was convened to discuss the status of decentralization, particularly the implementation of deconcentration over the last three years, and to examine the challenges and support to deconcentration from government and international partners over the next few years. This is to further the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance, promulgated since January 5, 2012 , and a draft Local Government Law which is under review.Touching on the Deconcentration Implementation Strategy, with a focus on County Government Centers, President Sirleaf recommended that at the county level, Government must begin to look in the direction where all ministries and agencies have common premises that will enable them to do more efficient service and delivery, leading to better coordination, integration and results.A Deconcentration Implementation Strategy was developed by 12 ministries and two agencies, through a process coordinated by the Governance Commission. Thus far, the process of deconcentration has been underway in a rather slow procedure, with ministries and agencies for the most part unable to adequately collaborate with the various counties.Noting that most counties do have administrative buildings that can accommodate and move towards the achievement of this goal, the President said, “Where we have an administrative building, each ministry or agency can take a room or an annex and all go together in common premises so you don’t have to pay for extra services. We will start to move in that direction.”The President also spoke of the lack of coordination and collaboration among county superintendents. President Sirleaf frowned on their inability to provide, for instance, comprehensive reports on the status of development projects as a means of preparation for her visits to these counties.She mandated that with immediate effect each county, in collaboration with sector ministries, is to provide a comprehensive quarterly report. “When we’re trying to make resources available, we take into account what everyone is doing or proposes to do and how we can integrate our service with the simple objective of trying to bring better results; and how we can have a more efficient service delivery to the people,” she said.There is a need for a planned synchronized approach to de-concentration, which will strengthen coordination among agencies of central government in the delivery of services to county and sub-county levels of government, enhancing economies of scale, cost savings, local participation and co-ownership, Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, said. He made a presentation on his Ministry’s Decentralization Plan: Layout of Issues, Challenges and Resource Requirements.Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, said that government institutions that are involved in the decentralization exercise need to work together as a team, in order to deliver the kind of results that central government is anticipating.Minister Konneh also observed that others are resisting the exercise because it is taking power from the hands of a few people, which has been the status quo since the existence of the Liberian state, into the hands of the masses, which he said is necessary for the growth of the country. He also called on the ministries and agencies to synchronize their activities.The Ministers of Education, Agriculture, Transport, Commerce and Industry, amongst others, also spoke on their Ministries’ Deconcentration Implementation Work. Some members of the diplomatic corps, who are also partners in the decentralization exercise, spoke at the roundtable.Implementation of decentralization is to take place in phases. Deconcentration, the first phase of decentralization, was scheduled to be completed or significantly advanced within three years, promulgating the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance in January 2012.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

POLICE LOG for December 25 Lost Wedding Ring Suspected Drunk Driver Not

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, December 25, 2018:A caller out for her daily walk reported an unopened Christmas present on the ground near the drive-thru ATM at Santander Bank. Police retrieved package and will return to station in case someone claims it. (4:36am)A Woburn Street homeowner reported a sick raccoon on their property. (3:52pm)Police assisted an elderly woman with a house lockout on Deming Way. (4:20pm)A caller’s husband reported he loss his wedding band with white gold. Husband was at St. Thomas mass Monday night at 10:30pm and will check with church in the morning. (4:54pm)A caller stated she believed she was behind a drunk driver in a white Tesla. Vehicle was last scene pulling into Sunrise Market. Police responded. Driver was testing the auto pilot option. (9:15pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Twitter goes nuts for huge multicolored squirrel as long as a cat

first_imgOthers weren’t at all keen on the squirrel at all. Although climate change is rapidly destroying the biodiversity of the planet, wiping out adorable species like the Bramble Cay Melomys and pushing others, like the northern white rhino, to the very edge, the Malabar giant squirrel is ranked as species of “least concern”.Hopefully that means we will be seeing a lot more of the tricolored forest wonders in the future. I just learned about these giant Malabar Squirrels that are so colorful! I’ll bet their fellow squirrels think they’re AMAZING! pic.twitter.com/DJ87piDh24— AlesiaXO (@AlesiaXOXOXO) April 3, 2019 Malabar giant squirrels are my new queer icon. pic.twitter.com/6fpElnrZvX— Jacob J. Erickson (@jacobjerickson) April 3, 2019 Can we splice giant Malabar squirrel genes into humans, so I can stop paying to turn my hair these colors? https://t.co/QD3hbyGKeu— Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire) April 2, 2019 How have I only just heard about the Indian Malabar giant squirrel. I thought it was a late April fools photoshopped image pic.twitter.com/k4qdxtFN7n— rowen (@row3n_) April 3, 2019 Of course, that could be because we’ve just past April Fools’ Day and there have been a ton of sneaky hoaxes that caught us off-guard. Share your voice Getty/iqbalsiddiqui Step aside, cute cats that play piano. The internet has a new viral sensation: The Indian giant squirrel.The squirrel is a three-tone behemoth native to the forests of India — and now entirely adored by Twitter. It can grow to around 14 inches in length, which is just a little smaller than a full grown cat and can jump to a height of around 20 feet. It’s got all the necessary features required to become an internet icon.And so, after an amateur wildlife photographer’s snaps caught fire online, the squirrel has done just that.Kaushik Vijayan was trekking through the Indian forest when he spotted the creatures in their technicolor dream coats, posting images to his Instagram account. Although they were originally posted in 2018, media distributor South West News Service posted them to Twitter on Tuesday.Suddenly Viyajan’s snaps of the furry red, blue and gold flyers are everywhere. Tagscenter_img 15 creatures that could disappear with Great Barrier Reef Squirrels, in turns out, come in rainbow colors. India’s Malabar squirrel makes the world a more beautiful place.#squirrels pic.twitter.com/P3pTnWgYA9— Dr. SunWolf (@WordWhispers) April 3, 2019 0 15 Photos Vijayan told CBS News he found the squirrel “drop-dead gorgeous” and that he was “overwhelmed” by the response that his photos were receiving. The responses on Twitter have largely been unadulterated joy, because it’s simply wonderful such a thing exists in this cruel, cold world.The squirrel isn’t an incredibly new discovery — in fact, they appear in early classification records of mammals by German naturalist Johann Erxeleben from 1777 and several subspecies have been discovered in the past two centuries. Still, they’re a surprise to many and an icon to others. Post a comment Nope RT @nypost: Multicoloured Malabar Giant Squirrel photographed in India https://t.co/WRqhN5cHV7 pic.twitter.com/6lZXHLBj2Z— ✨Princesa✨ (@AyeeMami001) April 3, 2019 Onlinelast_img read more

BGBBSF DG level conference kicks off in Dhaka

first_imgA director general (DG) level conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India began Tuesday at the BGB headquarters at Pilkhana in Dhaka. Earlier, a 10-member Indian delegation led by BSF DG KK Sharma reached Dhaka on Monday, a press release said on Tuesday. High officials of BSF headquarters and Indian home and external affairs ministries are among the delegation. A 15-member Bangladeshi delegation led by BGB DG major general Md Shafeenul Islam will join the conference. Additional director generals of BGB, high officials of BGB headquarters, home and foreign ministries, representatives from Joint Rivers Commission, Department of Narcotics Control, Survey of Bangladesh, Land Record and Survey Department are among the delegation. Besides, a four-member delegation of BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA) will visit different activities of Simanto Paribar Kalyan Samity (SPKS) of BGB. As part of the conference, a friendly Kabaddi match between BGB-BSF was held at Fazlur Rahman Khandker, Bir Uttam, auditorium in the BGB headquarters on Monday. The agenda of the conference include – firing, killing and injuring unarmed Bangladeshi citizens at bordering areas, abduction or arrest of Bangladeshi citizens, intrusion through border, smuggling of ammunitions, arms and explosives, contraband drugs including phensidyl and yaba tablets, liquors, ganja, heroin, construction within 150 yards of international border and construction of Effluent Treatment Plant at Indian part of Akhaura ICP. A joint record of discussion will be signed on 26 April. The Indian delegation will also visit different places of historic interests. Besides, BGB and BSF director generals will inaugurate joint retreat ceremony at Banglabandha ICP in Panchagarh district at 3:00pm on 27 April. Indian delegation is expected to leave Bangladesh on that day.last_img read more