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Residents participate in Council budget formulation

Deputy Mayor Councillor Wild Ndipo on Wednesday (March 30, 2016) advised the City residents to continue supporting the Council’s development plans.

A resident making his contribution to the budget

Ndipo, speaking when he presided over the Development Budget Participatory Conference for 2016-17 financial year, stressed the need for the public participation in the planning and execution of developments in the City.

“I appeal for your support in all the developmental projects and campaigns that the Council is undertaking,” said Ndipo. “I urge you to ensure that all public facilities are protected and well taken care of.”

The Deputy Mayor also commended the corporate world for the support they are rendering to the Council in its greening and cleaning campaigns.

Finance Committee chairman Councillor George Chipwete said the Council has planned a number of projects in the 2016-17 budget that will help in transforming the City.

He said most projects in the coming year will focus on new areas that will uplift Blantyre to reach the standards of a modern city.

“We must avoid vandalism to ensure that future projects should focus on new areas not renovating the same roads and schools each and every year,” said Chipwete.

The 2016-17 budget focuses on renovating and planting new street lights as well as maintaining schools, roads and bridges among other projects.