MOJ Renovates Gbarnga Regional Hub, Other Facilities In Bong —-As Bong County Resident Judge J. Boima Kontoe lauds Chief Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh for Modernization of the Judiciary Facilities

(Gbarnga, Bong County) – The Resident Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga, Bong County, His Honor J. Boima Kontoe says the Ministry of Justice has embarked on massive renovation works on the Gbarnga Regional Hub and other judicial facilities in the County.

In February 2013 the government of Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) dedicated the Gbarnga Regional Hub along with five other Regional Justice and Security Hubs in the Country.

The construction of Hubs 2 and 3 in Zwedru (to support Grand Gedeh and Sinoe Counties), and Harper (to serve Maryland, Grand Kru, and River Gee Counties), which was promised to commence the same year, noting that Hubs 4 and 5 could be built in Tubmanburg (to serve Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties), and Buchanan (to serve Grand Bassa, Margibi and River Cess Counties).

With US$13.3 million provided through the UN Peace-building Support Office for the construction of the five Hubs, the Government plans to open four additional Hubs to be positioned strategically throughout the country. 

The 9th Judicial Circuit Court resident Judge said the Gbarnga Regional Hub intends to increase citizens’ access to justice and security services in communities in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties. 

Judge Kontoe said the Justice and Security Regional Hub concept derives from the government’s initiative to decentralize these services through a regional and county-level approach and the Hub program is proof that decentralization of the Justice and Security Sector is well underway and that the security of the nation is sustained.

He revealed that since the dedication of the facilities, it has been experiencing leakages in the county, something he said prompted the current ongoing renovation work of the Hub which commenced in November of last year under the regime of former President George Weah.

Judge Kontoe said the renovation covers the 9th Judicial Circuit Court and other court facilities, the Police Support Unit Dormitory building, the Border Patrol/Liberia Immigration Services Dormitory, the Hub Administrative Building among others.

At the same time, Judge Kontoe noted that all the facilities that make up the hub will be renovated including Water Towers, Kitchens, Power Houses, and garages.

The renovation work includes changing or replacing roofs at various buildings, and ceilings, repairing electrical systems, repainting the buildings, and repairing windows, and floor tiles among others.

The Bong County Resident Judge further lauded Her Honor Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia for the modernization of the judiciary facilities in the County.

He believes the renovation of the Hub is consistent with Chief Justice Yuoh’s agenda for transformation and efforts to improve and reform the Justice and Security Sector of Liberia.

“Citizens’ access to justice and security lies at the heart of the rule of law and is essential to political stability. Decentralization of public services is a key to extending state authority and ensuring that citizens have a stake in the governance of their country,” Judge Kontoe noted.

By Patrick Stephen Tokpah

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