Monrovia — The Patriotic Alliance of Liberia (PAL) has honored 85 chiefs in Voinjama District, Lofa County, in appreciation of their outstanding performances and invaluable services rendered the district in particular, and county and country in general.
The elaborate program, held Friday, Aril 15, witnessed the certifications and gowning of chiefs in their respective capacities ranging from paramount chiefs, clan chiefs, sectional chiefs and town chiefs. The ceremony took place in Vezala Town, Voinjama Distrct, Lofa County.
Speaking to reporters at the end of program, the Executive Director of PAL, Mr. Korva M. Jorgbor, said "the recognition given the dedicated servicemen as certification and gowning, is the first of its kind since the foundation of the Republic of Liberia and will serve as a motivational factor to forge forward."
According to him, such manner of encouragement is deeply embedded in the notion that it would stimulate leaders across Liberia, yea the world.
He also said "it will encourage the chiefs to perform to the best of their ability for the overall benefit of residents of their locals."
The youthful Executive Director, Mr. Jorgbor noted that it is a herculean task serving as chief - supervising hundreds and thousands of people with diverse background and different ideological and philosophical thoughts - hence, hosting the program is justified.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jorgbor, who appeared extremely passionate about the chiefs, used the occasion to remind superintendents, commissioners and other government officials, especially those in local governance, to be conscious of the roles of chiefs and respect them.
In a related development, Director Jorgbor has observed that in spite of the crucial roles played by chiefs in the execution of government's mandates, paramount chiefs, clan chiefs and sectional chiefs are without motorcycles.
According to him, the provision of motorcycles to the paramount chiefs, clan chiefs and sectional chiefs would facilitate patrols for the purpose of correcting mal-practices and effectuate administrative matters in towns they control.
He referenced quarterly patrols made by paramount chiefs in their chiefdoms, after which immediate report is presented to the district commissioner, as genuine reasons necessitating the provision of motorcycles to the local government officers, adding that the report shall include the administrative behavior and activities of all his chiefs and other officers.
The onetime student-leader advised that the reluctance of locals to pay meaningful contributions for projects designed to benefit them, should serve as an impetus for the chiefs to enforce the laws and ensure they comply.
Meanwhile, upon recognizing the important task performed by these chiefs in the dispensation of justice and the maintenance of peace, Mr. Jorgbor advocates for the reintroduction of the tribal courts.
According to him, said court which will "improve the administration of the justice system, and help settle land disputes, needs the full support of national government."
PAL Executive Director is calling go national government to create a balance between modern and traditional practices of dispensing justice in order to minimize or prevent conflict with modern human rights and best practice as well as other domestic laws.
He therefore urges the "Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, to immediately reestablish tribal courts in order to empower chiefs in dispensing justice.
Still in advocacy, Mr. Jorgbor wants the "Government of Liberia provide allowances to chiefs not on payroll in order to ensure effectiveness in the implementation of duty.