The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated eight Land Rover Jeeps to the Liberia Institute of Statistic and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS).
The vehicles, valued at US$400,000, are intended to improve the data collecting capabilities of LISGIS.
During the presentation ceremony yesterday, USAID Mission Director Patricia Rader said the donation, along with other contributions, will complement the national budge of the Liberian Government.
According to Madam Rader, the donation, under the USAID sponsored Measure Evaluation Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) project, is part of a fleet of 16 vehicles, with six coming from the Global Fund and two from UNICEF.
She indicated that the vehicles would allow LISGIS to accommodate the size, scale and scope of DHS which covers the 15 counties.
Madam Rader noted that the vehicles would help to implement other important surveys throughout the country including the Household Income and Expenditure survey.
The USAID Mission Director said the collection of data was critical because it enables government to access achievement towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as providing other national and international agencies the ability to monitor and evaluate government's programs.
Receiving the vehicles, the Director General of LISGIS, Dr. T. Edward Liberty thanked USIAD for the gesture and promised to use them for the intended purpose.
Dr. Liberty said the vehicles would immensely boost the institution's activities across the country in its data collection.