Councillor wants pay

National, Normal

The National, Thursday February 6th, 2014

 A WARD councillor in East New Britain has called on the Government to honour its promise to pay fortnightly allowances to councilors in the country.

Tony Kove, deputy president of the Toma Vunadidir local level government in Gazelle districtsaid the Government must start paying councillors their allowances.

“Councillors are doing a lot to look after the people in the communities and often spend their own money to serve the people in their  wards and LLGs,” Kove said.

“It has been almost two years since the 2012 election when the government passed a bill to pay fortnightly allowances to councillors.”

He said councillors were not “fools, labourers and security guards” for MPs and other public servants who were paid fortnightly “high wages” and other benefits.

He said the Christmas and New Year when councillors had to work police to ensure a crime-free festive season.