The Ministry of Inter Affairs along with its partners has ended a two-day workshop geared towards improving urbanization in Liberia.
The workshops were held back-to-back on October 21 and 22 respectively at the Paynesville City Hall.
On October 21, stakeholders and other participants gathered at City Hall for the first day which primarily focused on capacity building for senior municipal government officials mainly city mayors, township commissioners, etc.
On the second day, at Monrovia City Hall participants conducted a diagnosis validation.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs, through the Department of Urban Affairs, has been collaborating with Cities Alliance and UN-Habitat for the Diagnosis phrase of the National Urban Policy.
Both workshops brought together Commissioners from Montserrado County, City Mayors from the 15 Counties, Slum Dwellers, the Disable Groups, Youth and Student groups, Petty Traders and Street Vendors, Liberia Marketing Association, Heads and representatives from different lines Ministries, Agencies and Commissions that are involved with Urbanisation, stakeholders from diverse backgrounds of the society, etc.
Speaking at events, Hon. Paulita CC Wie, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Urban Affairs and Chairperson on the Liberia Country Program highlighted the challenges and prospects of uplifting the lives of the ordinary people living in the urban areas most especially the slum communities.
According to her, the Government under the able Leadership of the President was putting mechanisms in place to alleviate the many challenges been faced by the people.
“We are not there yet, but getting there. I reassured them and our partners that the government is firmly looking in the urban direction to provide those basic social needs in the urban and slum communities”. Madam Wie asserted.
The workshops were intended to increase the knowledge of the National Urban Policy (NUP) with stakeholders and also to enable inclusive participation.