Sunday 17 November, 2019

Councillor expresses concern over EFCL's relevance to school repairs

Councillor for Reform/Manahambre Chris Hosein has questioned the relevance of the Education Facilities Company Ltd after the responsibility of school repairs were passed on to municipal corporations.

Hosein issued a statement on Friday noting that he made the comment while speaking at the Graduation Ceremony of the 2018 class of the St Clements Vedic School.

“You may have heard recently of the government’s announcement to entrust the responsibility of school repairs and upgrades to the Local Government Municipal Corporations over the July / August vacation. I am made to wonder; what then is the role of the EFCL and for what are they being paid?”

Councillor Hosein also expressed concern about the imminent challenges of the municipal corporations given the lack of resources and funding.

“While there are allocations, the government is not forthcoming with [the] release of funds and this greatly hampers productivity and the work of the regional corporations,” Hosein said.

He went on to state that while the intention is that this initiative becomes part of the local government reform, he is concerned that the government is putting the cart before the horse as there must be measures and mechanisms in place before these initiatives can be effectively carried out.

 

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