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More power to councils

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, December 14, 2012

PHILANTHROPIST and businessman Peter Drysdale has called for rural local authorities to be removed from under the umbrella of the Health Ministry.

Mr Drysdale, who is also the vice president of the Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said rural local authorities should fall under the auspices of the Department of Town and Country Planning.

He called for municipal councils to be granted wider powers to control the growth of ad hoc informal settlements.

"Councils do a great job but once you step outside the council, it's anything goes. We have heard about empowering councils for over 20 years but nothing has happened," he said.


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