By BBN Staff: On February 18, the People’s United Party (PUP) staged a protest against the Vital Statistics Unit in Belize city.
The PUP’s protest was to call on the Government to improve the situation at he Vital Statistics unit.
The Government today issued a statement saying that it does not deny that the Vital Statistics Unit is in need of reforms.
The Government says that it recognizes and has taken an intentional executive level decision to place much emphasis, effort and focus on the improvement of the Unit.
According to the Government, valiant efforts were made to restructure and streamline the Unit, some of which includes, removing the Unit from under the auspices of the Supreme Court and bringing it under the Attorney General’s Ministry for management and control; terminating several staff members that were found to be corrupt or grossly incompetent, hiring new staff to fill critical positions; implementing training sessions for clerks; overseeing an overhaul of the management structure and systems in place; relocating the Unit to a more public friendly and accessible location; and upgrading the facility to better improve staff working conditions and public ease in accessing the services of the office.
The Government says that it condemns the acts of the PUP in the face of vast improvements and progress, to seek to disillusion, disunite and insight a frenzy of paranoia and conspiracy in the Belizean people.
“Moreover, the ploy of the PUP to attack vital services as a tool in furthering its anti-ICJ campaign is simply a cheap and desperate shot,” the statement says.
The Government of Belize reiterates its commitment to the people of Belize to continue efforts to improve the Unit and invites the public to continue to collaborate with the Government to build the Unit.
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