The Center for Justice and Peace Studies (CJPS) has launched a Project title increasing Civil Engagement and Democratic Governance for Sustainable Development and in support of FORUM-SYD Sustainable Ownership Programme in Gbarnga, Bong County.
CJPS was established in Gbarnga, Bong County, in 1998 as a peace building, conflict, transformation and development entity.
At the height of the civil crisis in 2002, the institution was forced to relocate to Monrovia where security was relatively better.
Speaking to reporters after the launching exercise recently, the Executive Director of CJPS Honorable Joseph D. Howard said the process was meant in order to inform the public about their current activities in the Country.
According to Mr. Howard, the Center for Justice and Peace Studies new project is affecting nine Communities in three of Bong County’s thirteen (13) administrative Districts, which include Jorquelleh, Yellequelleh and Zota.
The project which is been sponsored by FORUM-SYD Liberia cost is in the tune of US twenty-seven-thousand-seventy-seven Dollars with the desire of targeting one thousand two hundred twenty five (1,225) persons including males and females.
He said the project will also focus on the training of local leaders on how to engage duty bearers and also conflict management among them without court intervention.
The CJPS’s Executive Director narrated that the program will educate females how to participate in the decision making processes of the Country.
For his part, Assistant Superintendent for Development in Bong County Anthony Boakai Sheriff who proxy for Superintendent Esther Walker thanked FORUM-SYD Liberia for the Support and urged the Center for Justice and Peace Studies (CJPS) to be Committed in implementing the project to the fullest.
The program was launched over the week end at the Gbarnga Administration building in Bong County.
The peace building organization was officially registered with the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Planing and Economic Affairs in 2002, operating in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.