The Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) has commended local authorities in the Northern Region for embracing Public Sector Reforms Programme, which has seen council’s improving their performance and service delivery.
Chief director in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Seodi White, made the remarks on Tuesday in Mzuzu when she presided over a one-day Public Sector Reforms Programme conference for local councils in the region.
She said it was pleasing that most local authorities in the region have registered success stories in different fields compared to some local authorities in the Central and Southern regions.
White cited Mzuzu City Council, M’mbelwa and Nkhata Bay district councils which have excelled in road infrastructure development, revenue collection and introduction of standardised primary school end-of-term examinations, respectively.
“It is pleasing to learn that since the Public Sector Reforms Programme was introduced in local authorities a year ago, M’mbelwa District Council has increased its revenue collection from K6 million to K16 million per month, besides other successes,” she said.
M’mbelwa district commissioner Thomas Chirwa said the reform programme has made the council diversify its revenue.
“We are currently using an electronic system through which revenue collectors deposit money on daily basis into an Airtel Money account,” he said.
President Peter Mutharika launched the Public Sector Reforms Programme in 2015 to improve performance and service delivery.