Lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form

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Sai­moni Lutu, Namosi

Our ebul­lient, hard work­ing and tire­less Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment an­nounced some time ago that lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions would be held shortly. So far noth­ing has tran­spired on this front. Has the good Min­is­ter over­ruled from above? What­ever the rea­sons for the non-show elec­tions, it is in fact a bless­ing in disguise. Think about it. Barely two years ago the coun­try went into a gen­eral elec­tion af­ter be­ing in the wilder­ness.

We are still learn­ing the intricacies of the Par­lia­men­tary sys­tem and an­other elec­tion, lo­cal gov­ern­ment or oth­er­wise would be merely an ex­er­cise in buck pass­ing let alone the high cost. There is a bet­ter model which has been time tested. This is the Cor­po­rate Type Struc­ture which, as you would know, the pri­vate sec­tor op­er­ates un­der quite suc­cess­fully. This time around, lo­cal gov­er­nance should adopt the ap­proach of man­ag­ing the af­fairs by lo­cal tech­nocrats re­cruited from tech­ni­cal ex­perts from dif­fer­ent fields through an open pub­lic solicitation like an Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est (EOI). That would bring out the bright­est and the best of Fi­jian brain power.

We still re­tain the ti­tle of Coun­cil. The Coun­cil­lors how­ever will be like the board of di­rec­tors of a com­pany: com­pe­tent, ex­pe­ri­enced, vi­sion­ary and in­cor­rupt­ible, much like Cae­sar’s wife.

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