President tours Baa Atoll on campaign trail

President Mohamed Nasheed has toured islands in Baa Atoll as part of the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s campaign in the local council elections.

Visiting Hithaadhoo yesterday, President Nasheed emphasised the importance of creating employment opportunities in the islands to further regional development.

Nasheed also visited Dharavandhoo, where he spoke on the merits of decentralisation and delegating authority to people, as well as the provision of social security services.

On Kendhoo island, Nasheed noted that 157 people on the island had been registered in the Madhana health insurance scheme while 42 people over 65 years of age were enlisted for the old-age pension of Rf 2000. A waste management system for the island was included in the 2011 budget, he said.