The National –Wednesday, January 5, 2011
By ELIZABETH VUVU
NEW Ireland has lifted the role and status of the lowest level decision making bodies – village planning committees and ward development committees by giving them meeting allowances this year.
These committees would be entitled to meeting allowances of K50 a month, providing them support in their roles to identify and target the needs and deliver services to the people.
Ward recorders would also be receiving K100 monthly allowances.
Governor Sir Julius Chan said: “We would not expect these committees to do good work if they were not supported.”
However, he stressed that in return, people would expect village planning committees, ward development committees and ward recorders to work hard, meet people and identify their needs and concerns and communicate those needs to the LLGs, district and provincial headquarters.
“Those who perform will be rewarded, those who do not will be replaced in my team.”
The decision to grant the committees with budgetary support stemmed from the rural patrols to all parts of the province last April and May.