Monrovia - The government of Liberia with support from the United Nations has inaugurated the first regional justice and security hub in Gbarnga, Bong County. Four others are expected to be constructed.
Speaking at the launch on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the security and justice hub program in Liberia is consistent with government’s new agenda for transformation designed to improve and transform the justice and security sectors of the country.
Liberian leader noted that the initiative by government and its partners is meant to assure government is prepared to sustain the peace in the wake of UNMIL’s drawdown and transition.
She further emphasized that the concept derives from government’s effort to decentralize the justice and security sectors through a regional and country wide approach.
According to the President, the decentralization process of both sectors is well on course as evident by the completion of the first regional hub that will address the issue of citizens’ access to timely justice and security services in Bong, Nimba and Lofa Counties.
She said the security of the nation will be sustained as more hubs are constructed and become operational across the country.
“This hub program will also enhance government effort to extend services from the capital to previously underserved areas in the country particularly in justice delivery” the Liberian leader further said.
Speaking earlier, UNMIL’s SRSG Madam Karin Landgren said the Gbarnga Regional Justice and Security Hub is the first to be built in the world with support from the United Nation; as such, it will serve as a test case for the United Nations.
Madam Landgren lauded the effort of the Liberian government for ensuring the successful completion of the pilot phase of the hub program in Gbarnga.
She disclosed the United Nations has allocated a little over US13m for the five regional hubs.
Giving the overview of the hub program in Liberia, Justice Minister Christiana Tah told the gathering the Justice and Security Joint Programme or JSJP is part of a broader vision of the Liberian Government to sustain peace and stability in the country which grew out of the Liberia Peace Building Programme (LPBP).
She disclosed the Liberia Peace Building Programme (LPBP) was established to primarily address some of the root causes of conflict that ravaged the country for fourteen years.
The Liberian Attorney General however expressed the hope that the launch of hub will able the local population have access to justice in a timely manner through collaborative effort from the various actors.
She disclosed the government will ensure the adequate deployment of security personnel at the Gbarnga Regional HUB to rapidly respond to the security need of people in the central region in case of crisis.