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Strengthen Partnership Roles with Govt, Bala Urges Municipal Councils

Municipal councils will need to strengthen their roles as development part­ners with the national Govern­ment. The statement was made by the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastruc­ture and Transport
01 Mar 2018 11:00
Strengthen Partnership Roles with Govt, Bala Urges Municipal Councils
Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala (centre) with participants of the fifth Fijian Local Government Forum at Albert Park in Suva on February 28 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Municipal councils will need to strengthen their roles as development part­ners with the national Govern­ment.

The statement was made by the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastruc­ture and Transport Parveen Bala at the launching of the fifth Fijian Local Government Forum at Albert Park in Suva yesterday.

“I have encouraged responsible and sustainable partnerships with private entities and municipal councils,” he said.

“We need to have proactive and prudent partnerships that benefit all parties.”

He encouraged the municipal leaders that the growth of our towns and cities are in their hands.

“We need to work closely with commercial entities and with agen­cies that promote investment and growth.

“Apart from investment in eco­nomic activities, we also need to invest in our people from the local government perspective, in areas such as civic pride and responsi­bilities.

“As municipal councils, we should involve and inspire our citizens in towns and cities to act responsibly in their care for public property and amenities, and particularly for the environment.” Minister Bala said.

“We play a major role in the devel­opment of this country, you all are front liners.”

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Speaking to the municipal lead­ers, Mr Bala said: “There are also critics on Facebook.

“Let them continue what they are doing, you continue the work you are supposed to do.

“Be honest and be sincere to your rate payers and provide the best service of delivery that you can, that’s all you have to do.

“Don’t worry about Facebook, they can do whatever they want to do,” said Mr Bala.

With the theme ‘National Govern­ment’s Consistent Investment in our Towns and Cities Promoting our Townships and Her People,’ Mr Bala said, the forum would enable the municipal leaders to record and put into context the investments and strong support of the National Government to enhance local gov­ernance.

The three-day forum continues to­day.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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