President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the over-centralization of decision making is a major cause for the slow pace of development in the country.She said the government will exert every effort to ensure that total decentralization of government’s decisions is achieved.Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County Correspondent said President Sirleaf made the statement over the weekend in Kakata, Margibi County, when she dedicated the Margibi County Service Center (MCSC).She also observed that having realized the over-centralization of government’s functions, her administration has now embarked on the decentralization process by opening more county service centers.“Government’s decentralization program started when the Governance Commission Chairman, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, initiated the process, which has today come to fruition.”Dr. Amos Sawyer and his colleagues have been the major driving force behind the decentralization program and therefore the government must recognize them “for their tireless efforts,” said the President.She said the program consists of economic, political and administrative components and other essential elements that will ensure that government is brought to the doorsteps of the people.President Sirleaf also mentioned that the program started with the County Development Fund (CDF) and the Social Development Fund (SDF), which enable each county to receive direct budgetary support to their County Development Agenda (CDA) as well as the social development drives.She said in furtherance of the exercise, a draft of the Local Government Act has been submitted to the National Legislature for enactment into law, which will make way for the decentralization of government activities.Further, President Sirleaf said due to the significant nature of the Decentralization Program, it is only implementing the de-concentration component of the program pending the enactment into law of the Local Government Act before the National Legislature.She called on Margibians to take advantage of the Service Center and utilize it for their own good, adding, “You must take ownership of the center and avoid those vices that have the tendency to spoil it.”She also seized the opportunity to commend the European Union (EU) and the Kingdom of Sweden for their total commitment and support, which is making the Decentralization Program a reality.Making remarks, the Swedish State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Ms. Ulrika Modeer, described decentralization as a very good form of governance.Madam Modeer said that the Swedish Government has approved 158 million euros for Liberia for the next five years.She said of the amount, a significant portion will go towards supporting government’s decentralization programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Germany players celebrate their win over Sweden. South Korea star Heung-Min Son reacts during their 2-1 defeat to Mexico. 4 Germany head coach Joachim Low reacts during their victory over Sweden. Joachim Low (Germany): “We have a lot of alternatives, that is the structure of our squad. It is about using all possibilities. Those players who did not play will definitely still be needed.What the players are sayingHeung-Min Son (South Korea): “I spent my teenage years and professional career in Germany. I feel honored to face Germany in a big competition like the World Cup, but what’s important is the result.“What’s important is to make Germany feel that they’re playing a difficult game. I hope our players don’t think too much on the pitch and just play simple, direct football.” Germany snatched victory from the jaws of early elimination against Sweden on Saturday night and now need to confirm their place in World Cup 2018’s knockout stages.They face a South Korea side who are all but out will not want to go down without a fight, so the European side must be wary of the wounded Taegeuk Warriors. 4 Victory will seal progression for Germany but a draw would complicate matters and leave their fate in the hands of Mexico v Sweden. The simplest version of events is they must beat South Korea by two or more goals or better Sweden’s result to guarantee qualification.You can hear what promises to be an exciting encounter live on talkSPORT at 3pm.What the managers are sayingShin Tae-Yong (South Korea): “We have systemic problems. We must think how we can improve our domestic league and work with young players. We lack experience and that doesn’t come overnight.” Germany defender Jerome Boateng is sent off against Sweden. 4 Marco Reus (Germany): “We played badly against Mexico and we had to face criticism, but we’ve been talking a bit too long about it in my opinion,” Reus told reporters on Monday.“We have to do our duty and win the game, preferably not by just 1-0 but higher.”How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Team newsSouth Korea must do without captain Ki Sung-Yueng, while Germany have Jerome Boateng suspended, and Sebastian Rudy out following an operation on his fractured nose. 4 Predicted teamsSouth Korea: Jo Hyeon-Woo; Lee Yong, Kim Young-Gwon, Jang Hyun-Soo, Hong Chul; Hwang Hee-Chan, Koo Ja-Cheol, Jeong Woo-Young, Lee Seung-Woo; Lee Jae-Sung, Son Heung-Min.Germany: Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector; lkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos; Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Timo Werner; Mario Gomez.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.