Mahaut Village Council urged to take responsibility for development of villages

first_img 40 Views   one comment Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews Mahaut Village Council urged to take responsibility for development of villages by: – April 7, 2012 Share Hon. Gloria ShillingfordMinster for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs Gloria Shillingford has charged the newly sworn in Mahaut, Tarreau, Jimmit Village Council with the responsibility of developing the communities which they are to govern.Shillingford who addressed the eight members swearing in ceremony at the ninth inaugural meeting of the Council on Wednesday said councils must see themselves as “partners of government” at a local level.“Local governance is about communities taking responsibility for their own development. It’s about people taking ownership of what is theirs. Councils are therefore expected to demonstrate sound leadership and to work in collaboration with all residents of the communities which they serve as well with all stake holder bodies who can assist them in achieving their developmental goals”.Shillingford said government is committed to creating opportunities through which communities can empower themselves.“Councils must therefore continue to work with government for the development of their communities and the nation by extension”. The minister therefore charged the council to “continue to be resourceful and proactive, encourage good practices such as volunteerism, community participation, harmony, communication and respect between the youth and elderly. I also charge you to initiate income generating activities which can make your communities more self-reliant.”She further urged the council to work with members of the three communities which they serve and involve them in decision making as “they are the people who will be directly affected by the decisions which you take”.Shillingford also reminded the councilors that “by voting you into office residents are saying to you that they trust you to manage the affairs of the council with integrity and transparency”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more