Friday, September 18, 2020

Should Councils Be Dormant In The Face Of Covid 19?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Councils are referred to as Local/Regional/ Government. Unlike the Central Government which is the executive, councils have both executive and legislative powers. The councils collect revenue from diverse sources and could also make by -laws to enhance the running of the government at the regional or municipal level.

Instead of a lockdown, the councils need to hold meetings and review the Emergency regulations with the view to assess their impact on council revenue and services. This should enable councils to come up with the cost of the impact and what ought to be done to address the cost and provide the services necessary to combat COVID-9. The Councils are implementating partners with central government. They should not be left behind.

It is urgent for councils to meet and come up with their plans and time bound programmes for submission to the Central Government for consideration in any supplementary appropriation of funds to combat COVID-19.

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