12 women in spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor posts: No­table in­clu­sions

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Twenty-eight Fi­jians were ap­pointed ear­lier this week as Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tors for mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils across the coun­try.

This is part of Govern­ment’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to re­form our mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils with new ex­per­tise.

Good gov­er­nance is the buzz word in this re­form. Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tors have a strate­gic role in shap­ing ur­ban and ru­ral growth and in­vest­ments.

The bot­tom-line re­mains - Coun­cil ini­tia­tives should have an im­pact at lo­cal level. Rate pay­ers must be sat­is­fied with qual­ity and ef­fi­cient ser­vice de­liv­ery.

These are not just sit­ting ap­point­ments. Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tors have been ap­pointed be­cause of spe­cific skills and ex­per­tise they’ve ac­quired over the years. Ratepay­ers will ul­ti­mately be the judge of whether they are dili­gently car­ry­ing out their tasks or oth­er­wise.

No­table is the in­clu­sion of 12 women out of the 28 ap­pointed.

A wel­com­ing prece­dent for half of Fiji’s pop­u­la­tion. Those ap­pointed are di­vided into seven teams of which three are chaired by women.

They over­see the gov­er­nance and op­er­a­tions for the 13 mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils.

Most of our mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils still op­er­ate un­der old prac­tices and poli­cies. These have to go.

The Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tors have to over­see that mod­ern and ef­fi­cient meth­ods of op­er­a­tions are car­ried out to en­sure timely and pro­fes­sional ser­vice de­liv­ery.

One of the seven chair­per­sons is De­bra Sad­ranu. She is a fa­mil­iar face in the West and a pioneer of the Fiji’ spa tourism in­dus­try.

She will be chair­ing a four-mem­ber team in­clud­ing ar­chi­tect Adish Naidu, Manorma Khan, Romil Patel and Anil Chan­dra. They look af­ter Nadi and Si­ga­toka towns.

Ms Sad­ranu is the di­rec­tor/prin­ci­pal of Spa Academy Fiji and has won var­i­ous awards for her lead­er­ship in the sec­tor.

One of the many is­sues Ms Sad­ranu and her team will have to deal with in Nadi Town is the in­creas­ing com­plaints from mo­torists, busi­ness own­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic re­gard­ing the one-way road.

An­other is the flood­ing that has brought dev­as­ta­tion to parts of Nadi.

Chair­ing per­haps the big­gest mu­nic­i­pal­ity in terms of pop­u­la­tion is Vera Chute, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Value City (SP) Pte Ltd.

She leads a team of four: Baskaran Nair, Uma Kant Patel, El­iz­a­beth Jane Al­gar and Pra­neel Suren­dra Prasad. They are tasked to ad­dress rate pay­ers’ con­cerns in Nas­inu and Nau­sori towns.

The in­crease in in­for­mal squat­ters in these ar­eas will def­i­nitely be on their agenda.

Fi­jian ratepay­ers can be de­mand­ing. These Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tors know they have their work cut out for them while per­form­ing their du­ties to over­see and gov­ern.

They will, in fact, be the driv­ers and mo­ti­va­tors for mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil man­age­ment as they re­form from within and trans­form our towns and cities.

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