Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has named cleanliness as the main priority for the work of the local councils over the next five years. Dr Muscat was addressing the 464 elected councillors who will be forming the new councils in 68 localities throughout Malta and Gozo during their swearing-in ceremony, and who will be starting their term on 1 July. For the PM, what unites them is the wellbeing of their respective communities.
This is the first time that the swearing-in ceremony for all the new councillors took place at the same time at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.
The PM said that this day when they are being sworn in is an important one for the councillors because it reminds them of the responsibility they have entered into to serve their communities. He reminded them that the elections last month have brought into effect the local councils reform. He said that for the first time, these new councils will no longer have to worry about the roads because by the time their term has finished the Government will have completed its nation-wide road project. He added that the mission of the councils is to keep their localities clean.
“If I had to say what the highest priority is, it is cleanliness. The upkeep, maintenance and cleanliness of the country. Keeping the country clean. I believe that this is the main mission of this group of local councils in co-ordination with the central Government to educate the public about how to keep their towns and villages clean.”
PM Joseph Muscat said that he is convinced that these councillors, no matter where they come from, have the right enthusiasm to carry out their term of office with love towards their communities. He urged everyone to remain with their feet on the ground, and pull the same rope, irrespective of which party has the majority in that locality.
Dr Muscat said that it was a pleasure for him to see a number of women and young people being elected to the local councils and mentioned that there are three elected councillors who are under the age of 18. He added, however, that equality has still not been achieved, and said that these results strengthen the determination of the Government to take more measures to have more women elected.