BY SAMIE WAIKORI
UNDER Secretary for the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS), Mr. George Eric has called on people in Malaita to work with their Community Liaison Officers (CLO).
Mr. George made the appeal during a recent interview with Island Sun and as well explained the role of CLOs in the communities.
He said the CLO programme comes under the Community Governance and Grievance Management Project which is supported by provincial governments and the MPGIS.
George said there are 15 CLOs who represent wards within Malaita province and are based at the community level to do the work.
He said in executing their work, they will liaise with community leaders to achieve two main objectives.
The objectives are to strengthen community governance and conflict and secondly, to link up communities with both provincial and national governments and the police.
George said they will become focal point of province and national ministries in their wards or communities.
He said CLOs to work with existing institutions in communities such as chiefs, church women groups and youth groups to achieve the two main objectives.
George said they will also be supporting ward development committees activities like MPA visits and activities in wards.
He said their other role is to track delivery of basic services in the communities and to provide province and national government with information on issues of concern by communities.
On the same note, Mr George also said communities hold significant roles in supporting CLOs carry out their work in the communities.
He said community leaders need to include CLOs in affairs of the community and also to support, supervise and monitor them.
George said communities are obliged to assist CLOs in enhancing their knowledge in traditional values and to assist them in conflict or problem resolution.
He said communities are also required to suggest to CLOs on information that needs to be brought forward to governments, both local and national governments, adding they will be liaising and coordinating with CLO and the Provincial Coordinator (PC) especially on monitoring the CLOs.
George said idea behind the programme is to work towards national peace and stability right at community levels in paving way forward for developments.
He said similar programme was already introduced to other provinces as Makira, Central and Renbel.
With the Malaita the latest, it will soon roll out to the remaining provinces.