Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, says he is on a mission to transform the imageof his Ministry and to institutionalise a culture of openness and accountability.
“We (pledge) to build an image of local government that runs contrary to any view that the system is inefficient and not accountable in delivering high quality services,” he stated.
Mr. Arscott, who was making his contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 26) under the theme: ‘A Mission with a Vision: Covenant for Transformation”, said he also aims to foster and embrace world-class customer service and professionalism in all local authorities and agencies.
“I am proud of where local governance is headed. The team I have the fortune to lead is highly competent and capable of implementing these higher standards of excellence in this new paradigm,” he assured.
He noted that “these are exciting times as we view local governance as a major plank of national development. The expansion of new concepts, programmes and projects will see the greater demand of local services and the greater inclusion of our citizens in crucial decision-making process."
Mr. Arscott further gave the assurance that he will continue to be rigorous and focused in his approach to fulfilling promises, noting that he and his team will embark on a series of “pillars for transformation”, which will be goal posts that will be used to anchor the revitalised local governance system.
“I encourage all of us to become part of the process as citizens, as clients and customers, as change-agents, as local representatives and advocates for good governance and sustainable growth and nation-building,” he implored.
By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter