Front View of the Ministry of Transport Regional Office in Gbarnga City, Bong County
Front View of the Ministry of Transport Regional Office in Gbarnga City, Bong County
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Friday, December 16, 2016: As part of the National Government‘s Decentralization Program to enable citizens and residents across Liberia to have easy access to essential social services, the Ministry of Transport today officially opened its Service Window in Gbarnga City, Bong County. The two-room service window located in the Administrative Building was jointly opened by Transport Minister, Samuel A. Wlue and Bong County Superintendent Selina P. Mappy at a brief ceremony.

Opening the Service Window, Minister Wlue said the opening of the Window is in consonance with the Decentralization Exercise to enable the local people to have easy access to services of the Ministry such as vehicle registration, driver’s license issuance as well as the registration of other transport-related businesses which have been centralized in Monrovia over the years.  ‘’This will curb the unnecessary expenses being incurred by our people over the years,’’ Minister Wlue stated. Bong County Superintendent, Selina Polson Mappy, for her part, expressed joy for what she called a great relief that has come to the local people. In another development, the Ministry also officially dedicated its regional office complex located about a half mile outside of Gbarnga City on Lofa Road, the same day.

Speaking during the official dedicatory ceremony, which lasted about an hour, Transport Minister Samuel A. Wlue expressed happiness for the achievement of the Ministry and being a part of such history making event. He said the occasion clearly demonstrates the Ministry’s sincerity of purpose to bring relief to the local population. He called on citizens and residents of Bong County to make full use of the Service Window by paying taxes owed government.. Bong County Superintendent Selina P. Mappy who officially cut the ribbon to the Regional Office Building praised the Ministry of Transport for decentralizing its services. She said with the opening of the Regional Office and Service Window, collection of vehicle registration, driver’s license and other transported-related taxes are assured: “There should be no more excuse for not paying your taxes now that you have easy access,” Superintendent Mappy emphasized amidst laugthers.  She described the Ministry’s strategy of service delivery as a great relief to the people. She welcomed the move and said that the decentralization of the Ministry of Transport’s services is now well on course.

Concluding, Superintendent Mappy on behalf of the people of Bong County extended sincere appreciation to the Ministry of Transport and pledged the County Administration’s fullest support. “This is a long dream come through”, she concluded.

Deputy Transport Minister for Administration and Insurance, Honorable Bushuben M. Keita, who gave an overview of the Decentralization Program, urged citizens and residents of the County to make maximum use of the Service Center by paying their taxes.

In brief separate remarks, representatives of the Liberian Revenue Authority, Liberia National Police, and Coordinator of the County Service Center, also expressed joy for the occasion and pledged their collective support.

Deputy Transport Minister for Land & Rail, Hon. Juanita T. Bropleh, who gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Ministry, told the County Leadership and citizens that the Service Window will operate a ‘’full service’’, meaning that services offered by the Ministry in Monrovia such as vehicle registration and issuance of plates, issuance of driver’s licenses as well as the registration of other transport-related businesses will equally be done in Gbarnga City, Bong County. She lauded the leadership of the County for the cooperation accorded the Ministry.

The occasion was attended by hundreds of citizens and residents of Bong County, officials of other sectoral agencies, the press, among others.