Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Richard Vernon, has underscored the role of Municipal Corporations in local governance.
Speaking during a ‘Let’s Talk’ virtual forum on Monday (August 30), Councillor Vernon noted that Municipal Corporations work with other government agencies to administer and deliver wide-ranging services to citizens islandwide.
He said these entities include the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), National Water Commission (NWC), National Works Agency (NWA), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), and Public Health Departments.
“Together, they work to ensure that the Municipal Corporations’ functions and responsibilities are fulfilled. Together, they ensure that roads [and] streetlights are kept in good condition, there is water in remote communities and that we, as citizens, live a comfortable life and have access to all the basic amenities that should be offered by a government,” he added.
Councillor Vernon said effecting these services also requires the input of the Corporations’ various departments.
These, he noted, include the Poor Relief Department, Roads & Works, Parish Disaster Committees, Commercial Services, Planning, and the administrative arm, among others
“It is very important that, as Jamaicans, you understand the roles and functions of your local authority,” Councillor Vernon added.
The online event was organised by the Kiwanis Club Rose Hall and Bethel Town in St. James.