Municipal Corporations to access $1 million to aid in COVID-19 fight
Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein has granted the necessary approvals to allow Municipal Corporations to utilize a maximum of one million dollars from their “unspent balances”, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is in accordance with Section 112 (2) of the Municipal Corporations Act, Chapter 25:04 and follows the Prime Minister’s directive that all corporations use money from the fund to implement measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. As such, the Ministry has been working closely with the corporations to ensure that requests for the money are urgently processed.
On Monday, Minister Hosein hosted a virtual meeting with all mayors and chairmen to discuss the use of the one million dollars as of September 2019, to assist Corporations in providing critical services such as water trucking, more frequent public sanitization exercises, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff and humanitarian aid to burgesses.
He emphasized: “These are very difficult times that we are facing and we must be our brother’s keeper in this fight against the novel coronavirus. The only way we can win this fight is to work together and put our burgesses first. With the approval to use up to $1 million dollars, each corporation will be better able to help those in need in their regions, boroughs and cities.”
Hosein further commended the employees of the 14 Municipal Corporations and those at the Ministry for continuing to work together to ensure that the entire country remains clean during this crisis.
Additionally, he reiterated calls to members of the public to adhere to the stay at home guidelines and instructions of the Government and Ministry of Health. He also encouraged all corporations to adopt an ‘All-of-Corporation’ approach by activating their Disaster Management Units and maintaining efforts in their Public Health Departments to ensure regular disinfecting and sanitizing of key areas across municipalities such as public transportation hubs as well as roads leading to supermarkets, pharmacies and markets.