The Government is currently in the process of appointing new water boards across the country. According to the Chief Executive Officer Valentino Shal there have been several issues being reported including the mismanagement of funds.
Valentino Shal, CEO, Ministry of Rural Development: “We are reappointing new water boards especially where we have found mismanagement or just lack of competence in managing the system so we’re replacing those water boards. I understand and I too have heard the stories of mismanagement and what we’re doing at the moment is we have asked the office of the Auditor General to begin to audit some of these water boards. The problematic ones, the larger ones, the ones with management issues so we can get to the bottom of what has transpired. So that is one way we are addressing the issue with water boards and water boards are supposed to be audited annually but most water boards have never been audited and so at the moment I think we have about seven or eight audits running at the same time. So we will see the result of these reports. I don’t want to preempt any of them however if we do find anything wrong or if we find anything illegal then we will deal with them appropriately.”
CEO Shal told Love News that there are additional problems that villagers are facing when it comes to the supply of water.
Valentino Shal, CEO, Ministry of Rural Development: “Some of the issues surrounding water have also been the water source like the case in San Antonio. The issue is not necessarily with the water board itself it’s the support from the ministry. So if a village has problems with water they don’t have the equipment and the machinery to find new water sources the ministry does, but if the cries of the people are not heard then the problem prolongs. So for us, we in a matter of a week we started looking for water in San Antonio and so far we have drilled two wells and we have not been able to find water in sufficient quantity and I think either today or tomorrow we will start drilling in a new area to see if we can find water but that has also been a part of the problem is the neglect that I have seen from the ministry itself not responding to the cry and the need and the request of rural communities and that has been a big part of the problem. And that’s why we’re going now to the villages and visiting them and seeing them and assuring them that we are going to address their needs and demands as quickly as we can.”
Reporter: Have you all appointed new water boards across the board already or is that something in progress ?
Valentino Shal, CEO, Ministry of Rural Development: “It’s in progress, it’s ongoing. Every day we have a new list of boards coming across my desk that I am working on and so it’s an ongoing process so it will take a while because we have over a hundred water boards to deal with.”