The Public Service Reforms Commission, chaired by Vice President SaulosChilima, says it is impressed with some statutory corporations that are implementing various reforms as they have much progress since the exercise begun.
The Commission said this in a statement released on Sunday after engaging about 20 parastatals from the north and centre for progress review.
“Just like what the Commission observed when it met 19 parastatals based in the Southern Region in Blantyre in January 2016, the overall assessment for the Lilongwe meetings was also satisfactory based on the willingness, dedication and discipline of reporting by the parastatals to implement their respective areas of reform,” indicated the statement.
The statement expressed hope that some parastatals will be weaned off from treasury and instead start paying dividends to government.
“It is highly expected that in the next three months parastatals that were in deficit and proving costly to treasury, will become financially independent and start declaring dividends to government as a result of these reforms”.
The statement cited the example of Airport Development Limited (ADL) reform area to introduce Car Park Automation at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) which it said has led to a jump of 150% in fees collection.
“This increased revenue will be used to improve the outlook of the Airport subject to ADL’s Board approval. Apart from bringing in accountability and curbing corruption, this reform area has also enhanced safety and security on potential loss of personal property such as vehicles,” it said.
The statement also touted the Northern Region Water Board whose reform area to introduce and enhance Leak Detection System it said has managed to reduce non-revenue water (water lost through distribution network and burst pipes) from 37% to 33%.
“This efficiency reform has led to reduced intermittent supply, increase in sales of water to customers, consequently increasing the revenue to the board than ever before. The Commission will share the financial gains in subsequent press statements after reviewing the second quarter,” read the statement.
Mzuzu University (Mzuni) was commended for establishing a Trust Fund through which resources will be mobilised for the University to offer scholarships to needy and deserving students.
The statement said in the coming semester, 40 students will benefit thereby complimenting government efforts in ensuring that needy students access tertiary education.
The statement also said Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) is also on course with its resource mobilisation drive as construction of a filling station, a state-of-the-art Business Centre, construction of modern hostels and revitalization of Bunda Farm are underway to ensure self-sustenance for the institution.
The statement concluded by urging the parastatals to open up and share information to the media so that the public is kept abreast of what is happening.
President Peter Mutharika approved reforms in parastatals in October 2015 with a strong emphasis that they have to be apolitical and devise ways to generate own income to ease pressure on treasury and so far it seems most of them are back on the lifelineFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :