The call of Jerada was heard: Wali of Oriental region
The call of the inhabitants of the north-eastern province of Jerada was heard, Wali of the Oriental Region, governor of the prefecture of Oujda-Angad, Mouad El Jamai, said here on Saturday.
"The call of Jerada was heard and the government will shoulder its responsibilities,” he told reporters following a meeting with the province’s civil society actors.
The meetings held on Saturday with representatives of political parties and the civil society, as well as with elected officials, provided an opportunity to listen and better understand the concerns of the various components of the local population with a view to finding the appropriate solutions to meet their expectations as soon as possible and launching ambitious development plans in the region, he added.
At the meeting co-chaired by El Jamai along with Governor of the province of Jerada, Mabrouk Tabet, civil society actors underlined the urgent need for economic alternatives that would foster local development and improve the living conditions of the inhabitants.
They also underscored the importance of regulating mining activities and ensuring the security of workers, noting that economic players should be encouraged to invest in the province.
The region’s natural resources, including ground water, should be better used to boost agricultural activities, they added.
They also called for a preferential billing scheme as two power plants are located in the province, and underlined the importance of creating additional jobs in order to reduce unemployment.
The province civil society’s actors also called for supporting the widows of coal miners as well as people diagnosed with silicosis.
They also stressed the need to open a direct dialogue with protesters with a view to finding appropriate solutions to meet their demands.
For his part, El Jamai applauded the peaceful character of the demonstrations, noting that the dialogue is open to everyone with a view to finding the appropriate means to advance the province’s development.
He also stressed that any economic alternative requires the population’s support and involvement.
Prior to that meeting, three other meetings were held with members of the Provincial Council, representatives of political parties and members of Jerada’s Communal Council to discuss the means to address the province’s problems.