Lilongwe District Council launches DDP and SEP

Lilongwe, Lilongwe District Council (LLDC) on Thursday launched its 2017-2022 District Development Plan (DDP) and Socio-Economic Profile (SEP) meant to guide development in the District.

Organized under the theme, ‘Working together to develop Lilongwe District,’ the launch was aimed at appealing to the donor community, development partners and the community for continued support to the effective implementation of the plan.

The DDP is a short to medium term plan for the district that consolidates prioritized development issues and their corresponding strategies.

Launching the two books on Wednesday at Mitundu Primary School in Lilongwe, Director of Local Government Services in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Sphiwe Mauwa applauded the Council for the effort saying it is a plus in the implementation strategy for the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS).

She said the documents would go a long way in guiding effective implementation in various projects and programmes such as roads and bridges, water development and sanitation.

There is an adage that says failing to plan is planning to fail. This simply means that planning for serious business is key area which tries to zero in on the importance of planning in sustainable local development.

Having developed this DDP, the challenges in front of us all is how we translate the beautiful aspirations and plans in the document into reality for the betterment of the citizens of Lilongwe District, Mauwa explained.

She urged the public and private sector to join hands in effective implementation of what is in the DDP and always consult with the council and communities among others.

The Director thanked USAID and UK AID through the Local Government Accountability and Performance (LGAP) project for the financial and technical support throughout the process.

District Commissioner (DC) for Lilongwe, Lawford Palani said the plan focused on the livelihood of the people and that included health sector, development, education, agriculture and other social activities that they are supposed to deliver to the people.

Palani said the council would make sure that it should work hand in hand with stakeholders for effective implementation so that the needs of the people are addressed.

Traditional Authority (TA) Masula said the plan would help the local people in developing their communities especially in nutrition, environment and education.

Source: MANA Online