Lautoka

Minister Bala challenges municipalities to lift level of service

The Minister for Local Government Minister Parveen Kumar Bala is urging the country’s municipalities to lift their level of service. The minister made this clear while opening the 2016 Local Government Forum at Lautoka’s Tanoa Waterfront Hotel. Minister Bala said that he continues to receive various complaints regarding the type of services provided by municipalities. […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 10, 2016 7:00 am

The Minister for Local Government Minister Parveen Kumar Bala is urging the country’s municipalities to lift their level of service.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Kumar Bala opens 2016 Local Government Forum in Lautoka. (Fijian Government)
Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Kumar Bala opens 2016 Local Government Forum in Lautoka. (Fijian Government)

The minister made this clear while opening the 2016 Local Government Forum at Lautoka’s Tanoa Waterfront Hotel.

Minister Bala said that he continues to receive various complaints regarding the type of services provided by municipalities.

BALA: “I have and continue to receive calls from various applicants on complaints with regards to our municipal councils and this does not augur well with the positive development and policies that Government has put forward.”

“I expect special administrators and chief executive officers at municipal councils to be people who can get the work done. I have not received any calls from any of the special administrators or CEOs telling me that they are facing challenges so I assume everyone is on par with the pro-growth changes that are in place.”

Minister Kumar said with strong investors, strong leadership was needed in order for service delivery to be efficient.

BALA: “We require strong leadership but equally important is the efficiency in the delivery of services. We have a lot of investors coming into the country wanting to set-up businesses here and I urge you to roll out the red carpet and not increase red tapes.”

He also urged all municipal council staff to visit and be more accommodating to ratepayers and other Fijians who visit the council and seek their assistance.

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