Minister of Social Services, Catherine Daniel, has chastised the village councils for their lack of accountability with funds provided to them by the government, saying it is causing a problem.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Grand Fond Village Council, Daniel said that village councils do not follow-up on their financial reports.
“Councils are not reporting to the various Ministries who allocate these funds to them, and we have a big problem with that. I do not know whether your council (Grand Fond village council) is part of that, but we have a lot of problem in that area,” she said.
She noted the lack of accountability at village council poses problems says Catherine Danielt accountability is key as it can determine whether or not future financing will be made available to these village councils.
“This, not reporting, is a fundamental problem. This will determine whether you receive more funds or not. Unless you can come up to report how you have utilized the funds that you have been given, then more funds cannot be generated into your coffers,” she stated.
She charged the new village council for Grand Fond with the task of knowing the financial status of the council before they go any further with new ventures.
Daniel remarked that this task is not only to be considered and acted upon by the Grand Fond village council, but by councils across the island as well.