Minister tackles issues facing municipalities

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AMMAN — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Kreishan said on Tuesday that he did not approve the purchase by municipalities of used vehicles, as a lot of the municipal budget goes to their operation, according to Al-Mamlaka TV. The minister added that the lack of an agent in Jordan for these vehicles further complicates their maintenance.اضافة اعلان

Kreishan also said that the municipalities are exempted from benefits accruing from them at the Cities and Villages Development Bank. He urged local governments to collect money owed to them by the public, which amounts to some JD320 million, but stressed that this should be done in a way that does not burden citizens. He said that the Ministry of Local Administration is ready to assist municipalities that propose investment and development projects, in partnership with the private sector, which will contribute to providing job opportunities for young people and generate additional income for municipalities, as well as development projects for municipal areas that need development. 
Kreishan also said that no foreign workers will be employed by local governments, and stressed that the ministry will help municipalities to appoint Jordanian workers provided that they are qualified to work in their field.

Kreishan stated that the ministry is working to gradually replace foreign workers with local ones to provide job opportunities for Jordanians.

The minister said that it is important that municipalities partner with the private sector in any project, and pointed to the important role of municipalities in helping local development in various governorates, in cooperation with the private sector, as well as in expanding the range of services provided.

During his tour of Jerash municipalities, Kreishan stressed that most of the challenges and problems of the municipalities are similar, especially in the matter of indebtedness.

He indicated that the establishment of the Joint Services Council in Jerash Governorate was approved to carry out its duty toward the people of Jerash, and to enable the municipalities to establish solar energy farms, and replace energy-saving units with LED streetlights, pointing out that the current situation drains a large proportion of the municipal funds.

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