The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development Honourable Premila Kumar started her official visits in the Western division on Thursday 3 January 2019, where she first visited the Sigatoka Town Council.

Honourable Kumar commended the work done by the Council and encouraged the Council to work in consultation with the rate payers, business community including market vendors.

“You must continue to provide the best for the people of Sigatoka and to your visitors. Your Audit Reports are up to date and you are in the verge of finalising your annual reports. This is a sign of Good Governance and you’re being transparent with your operations,” said Honourable Kumar.

The Minister further challenged the Council to improve their beautification programs, as it attracts not only the residents of Sigatoka, but also visitors who generally stop to buy vegetables when commuting from between central and western division.

Honourable Kumar further urged the Council to lift the standard of restaurants and other eateries in Sigatoka.

“I also encourage you to work closely with eatery outlets or restaurants in ensuring that convenience facilities and the hygiene and upkeep of the restaurants are of high standards. Also conduct regular checks to ensure that these standards are maintained at all times,” Honourable Kumar stated.

The Sigatoka Town Council organized a tour around the Sigatoka river bank, where the Minister met with the Engineering consultants to discuss the beautification programme set for Sigatoka town and the progress so far.

In response, the Council reiterated that they have taken the Minister’s suggestions on board and will ensure projects are well supervised for best result.

In addition, the Council informed the Minister that the much improved main public convenience located at the market and near the bus stand operated 24 hours a day and other public convenience facilities will be constructed solely for visitors and travellers.

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