The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TAZIRBU – The mayor of Tazirbu, Muftah al-Qmaty said that the poor services in all sectors his municipality, especially in the health and education sectors and the severe shortage of cash liquidity, led to the migration of about 200 of Tazirbu families to other cities and towns in and outside of Libya.
Al-Qmaty added, in a telephone interview with “Libya’s Channel” TV on Monday, that the Interim Government has not provided a budget to the municipality since it began running the city, and that they are running the services in Tazirbu through personal relations and volunteer efforts.
He stressed that the education and health sectors are in dire straits. “This led for locals to leave the municipality to find educational opportunities for their children because there are no institutes, colleges, or educational centers in Tazirbu or the neighboring towns.” According to al-Qmaty.
The mayor said that they, as representatives of the municipality, have informed the Minister of Local Governance Mohamed Farouk several times about the people’s suffering in the absence of security, lack of basic services, and the spread of criminal gangs, but we received zero help from them.
“We asked the Interim Government to provide security for vital facilities and open another branch of the Agricultural Bank in the municipality, which has only a single branch that does not cover the city’s growing needs,” al-Qmaty said.
He added that “there is no response so far from the government and their justification is that the Interim Government budget is limited and unable to meet all the people’s needs.”
The mayor of Tazirbu said they received good support from the Libyan National Army, which worked to secure the municipality and protect it from human traffickers, smugglers, and extremist groups. However, the efforts of the National Army are not enough due to the lack of government support they suffer from too.
Al-Qmaty complained from the shortage of medical staff at Tazirbu Hospital and how they informed with the Minister of Health about this urgent issue. “The Health Minister confirmed that his ministry is doing all that it can to help.” He added.
Tazirbu has 108 wells of the Great Man-made River, one of which was attacked by terrorists in July. It has also a number of oil and gas fields and wells that significantly contributed to raising Libya’s oil production and brought it to record levels not reached since 20111.
Al-Qamati pointed to the need to pay attention to the municipality, which is considered one of the main oil-producing municipalities.
He stressed that the oil and gas extracted from their region must benefit the people of the region by providing services and the city’s basic needs in education, health, and employment opportunities, instead of sending oil revenues to corrupt politicians and those who support terrorist groups from the budget of the Libyan people.