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Portmore Mayor concerned about political corruption

The Mayor of Portmore George Lee says he is appalled at the level of corruption in the political system.
Lee says this often robs communities of critical financial resources that end up in someone’s pocket.

His comments came this morning as he addressed local government stakeholders in St Catherine on what he described as the snail’s pace of the reform process.

Lee says the delay helps to perpetuate the systemic political corruption that continues to deprive communities of vital resources.

The Portmore Mayor, who has been involved in the local government reform process since it began in the 1990s, says he was tired of all the talk and no action.

He says the need to complete the reform process demands greater urgency given the social and economic problems facing communities.

Speaking at the same meeting, Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government Colin Fagan said the performance of the Portmore Municipal Council has not been exemplary.

Despite this, Fagan gave the assurance that his administration was committed to local government reforms.

He says this would help to lift the profile of local authorities and give them more autonomy.

SOURCE: The Gleaner, Saturday April 28, 2012