President Mohamed Nasheed inaugurated the MWSC’s (Malé Water and Sewerage Company) Production Centre in Maafushi on Saturday, which will provide desalinated water to the residents of the island.
President Nasheed noted the government recognised basic utilities like water and sewerage were essential for the development and prosperity of the people.
He said the government was aiming to provide these services in a sustainable manner, but needed support from the private sector which is why the government is pursuing a policy of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to carry out developmental activities.
President Nasheed also said the government’s wish to create seven provinces was “not for political gain but for the benefit of all citizens.”
He said the government “does not desire to do anything through arguing and fighting in the People’s Majlis,” but is trying to do what is best for the citizens of the country.
He noted if anyone could explain why creating the provinces would obstruct the development of the country, “we are ready to concede.”