Tertiary institutions have over the years come up with innovations that if commercialised can assist local authorities generate the much needed revenue.

Automated water treatment plants, security systems that monitor transport as well as record infractions are some of the technological advancements that are being used by many smart cities globally.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Professor Levi Nyagura says such innovations have been developed by tertiary institutions and can be deployed to assist the country’s local authorities.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Engineer George Mlilo said deployment of key personnel will assist local authorities’ fast track the development agenda.

There is also commitment to ensure that the interaction by tertiary institutions will cascade into other areas as part of efforts to hasten the country’s development agenda.

As the curtain came down on the local authorities’ conference, there was optimism that there will be a tide of change that will sweep over the country’s local authorities.

For many of the country’s local authorities delivering services to the residents has become an uphill task.