TI Vanuatu praised for taking RTI Bill to the people
Leaders must be accountable and transparent to the people who elect them to office because the people put them in office and look up to them, Joe Nare Mete told participants at the Transparency International Vanuatu’s (TIV) Right To Information Forum in Lenakel, Tanna ion Friday February 26.
“And I speak on behalf of the province when I say we should work with TIV to continue advocating for good governance so we can produce good leaders,” Joe said. He represents Erromango island on the Tafea Provincial Council and is also a Chief of Dillon’s Bay- a title he gave his brother so he could focus on his councilor duties for now.
Joe said the Bill was well overdue and he supported the move by Government and TIV to take the Bill to the people as it is about making leaders accountable, ” I respect what TIV is doing and we hope you will work with us the councilors so we can run a good provincial administration, Council of Chiefs and national government because the time for a change is here and now.”
TIV works closely with the Government’s Office of the Government Chief Information Officer to raise awareness of the Policy. It is the basis for the RTI Bill, which when passed will give citizens legal rights to access information upon request. The Campaign is to inform Vanuatu citizens that there is an RTI policy and the related Bill is being drafted. Having access to information, will enable citizens to make informed decisions for their families and communities.
As Councilor for Erromango, Joe looks after 2000 people who live in 10 villages in the third largest island in Vanuatu. He was invited by the Tafea Provincial Council to attend the Forum at Lenakel.
TIV is one PLP’s partners in Vanuatu, support for TIV falls under one of PLP’s Key Result Area where PLP supports collective action by Pacific Island leaders in policy and institutional changes and reforms promote stability, effective governance and economic growth at the regional, national and sub-national level.