The Local authorities’ Conference underway at the University of Zimbabwe has been officially opened today where councils have been described as most important point of organisation in modern day society.
This was said by Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo, who added that solutions to local authorities’ challenges are available within the country’s learning institutions.
“Politics must be local; it is the best area to improve quality of life for Zimbabweans.
Professor Moyo said universities have been churning out graduates, whose knowledge has to be tapped into, to assist the society, adding that universities have skills to transform local authorities.
“Universities can generate practical solutions to problems faced by local authorities. Where there is a will there is a way. This conference must not be a talk show,” he said.
Professor Moyo said this is a historic conference where universities and tertiary institutions are being roped in to provide solutions to challenges faced by local authorities.
Speaking at the official opening, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said local authorities must embrace knowledge and technology to move societies forward.
Minister Kasukuwere said local authorities’ relevance is in finding local solutions to societal challenges.
“It appears we are waiting for other people to come and solve our problems. We need not get experts from outside the country to carry out feasibility studies, we have experts in the country,” said Cde Kasukuwere.
The conference is an initiative of the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.
The conference which commenced this Wednesday will run up to tomorrow under the theme: Enhancing Service Delivery Through Technological Interventions: Tertiary Institutions And Local Authorities Partnerships’.