Participation in local dev’t: NW Independent Conciliator launches campaign to fully engage citizens.

NW Public Independent Conciliator (middle) & close collaborators during launch of campaign

The Office of the North West Public Independent Conciliator has launched as three-month campaign aimed at engaging the citizens to fully participate in regional and council affairs, as well as other local development initiatives.

The campaign was launched Thursday July 4 by the Public Independent Conciliator, PIC, Tamfu Simon Fai.

Present during the launching ceremony were close collaborators of the PIC, representatives from local councils, youth as well as the press.

Reading from the Decentralisation Law of December 2019 on the institution of the General Code of Regional and Local Authorities, Tamfu Simon Fai said in his opening remarks that regional and local authorities are expected to work in synergy with the population and community-based organisations.

The Public Independent Conciliator revealed that the campaign is launched, following an observation which shows that the population of the North West Region is not aware of their rights and duty to participate in the affairs of councils.

“This activity aligns with the PIC’s mission of defending and protecting rights and freedoms of citizens in their relationship with the region or the councils, as well as promote and protect rights and freedoms along with the PIC’s mission to design and implement measures to combat any direct or indirect discrimination against users of regional or council services,” Tamfu Simon said in his speech.

The campaign which is aimed at informing and educating citizens on their rights and duties to participate in council activities, will take place in the entire North West Region.