Oniipa trains community

29 November 2017 | Local News

The Oniipa Town Council equips its local authority development committee (LADC) members with skills and knowledge on the operations of the council in order for them to establish a strong link of communication with the community.

This is the second formal community training workshop conducted by the town council this year after it trained its business community on the recently enacted Public Procurement Law in July.

From 31 October to 1 November, council held a training workshop for the LADC members under the supervision of the CEO Junias Jacob with his staff members.

The workshop was attended by 33 members and it was aimed at inducting and mentoring the LADC members by equipping them with the relevant skills and knowledge on the operations of the council and to establish a strong communication link between the community and the council.

Jacob told participants that the onus rests with the council to ensure that the processes and criteria for decision-making and service delivery are clearly communicated to all citizens in the community.

“Particularly because this town is undergoing a transition from an unorganised peri-urban area to an urban centre, it is very important that one employs good practices of local governance of which community capacitisation and inclusivity in development planning are critical and fundamental,” Jacob told participants.

Jacob says that the trained LADC will serve as the link between the council and the community. He said these are volunteers who will be deployed in wards to listen to the concerns and needs of the community and collectively identify economic opportunities within their zones and submit these to the council for consideration and possible inclusion in the annual plans and budgets. The roles, responsibilities, duties and functions of the LADC members were clarified at the workshop.

“I am very confident that after this workshop, the members that were trained will have a better understanding on what establishing and running a town of the nature of Oniipa entails in terms of statutory and socioeconomic challenges. This will subsequently make our work easier as these members will now be able to disseminate the knowledge that they have acquired. This allows us to build Oniipa on a firm foundation for the future generations” Jakob says.

Attendents told Ewi lyaNooli that they are amongst those who also attended the July training session.

“We have knowledge on land tenure, land-use planning, compensation, leasing and disposal, development control, budgeting, debt collection, environmental health, business registration, local economic development and emergency rescue.

"This will help us execute our duties and help our town to grow,” the volunteers said.

ILENI NANDJATO

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