Community Council representatives at Ombudsman briefing.
PHILIPSBURG–Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel and her team will commence a community outreach programme this month.
The Ombudsman Bureau will visit the districts to seek out residents’ concerns, grievances and complaints and to continue to promote awareness on the institution’s role.
To achieve the programme’s objective, Mossel has solicited the Community Councils’ assistance. Representatives were all recently invited to a meeting with her to be briefed about the programme.
The councils will be requested to identify the most pressing/urgent cases of the less fortunate within their communities where government action is required. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the elderly, single-parent households, the physically challenged, poverty, and unhealthy living conditions
After persons have been identified by the community councils, the Ombudsman team will visit these persons and document their individual circumstances, which will be compiled in a report that will include the Ombudsman’s findings, conclusions and recommendations. The anonymised report will be presented on completion to Parliament and government for action.
Although many councils responded immediately to the Ombudsman’s call and representatives attended the meeting, quite a few did not. The Ombudsman requests community councils that did not respond to contact the Bureau on tel. +1-721-542-1250 or via e-mail to
[email protected] for more information.
Ombudsman Gwendolien Mossel (right) with Bureau Secretary-General Randolf Duggins at the community briefing.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/85735-ombudsman-to-conduct-community-outreach