THE Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) on Thursday handed over a new office building to the Qiloane Community Council in Thaba Bosiu.
The M2 million building was constructed by the CBL in Lihaseng village in appreciation for the good working relationship the apex bank has with the council.
In her remarks during the handover ceremony, CBL Governor Dr Retšelisitsoe Matlanyane said the bank had built the offices as a token of appreciation in return for the site the council allocated to them for the construction of a planned Disaster Recovery Centre in Thaba Bosiu.
“In 2013, when the bank was looking for a place to establish its Disaster Recovery Centre, the Qiloane Community Council, led by Thaba Bosiu Principal Chief, Khoabane Theko, offered us a site in the area,” she said.
“We welcomed the idea after realising that it would be to our benefit to erect the centre in the outskirts of Maseru. The recovery centre will serve as a base which would enable the bank to access crucial information in case a disaster strikes our headquarters in Maseru. “Construction of the building will soon be underway.”
Dr Matlanyane said in return for the land, the CBL agreed to build the Qiloane Community Council office building. She also said many benefits, including access to electricity, would follow after the launch of the facility.
“Since electricity will soon be installed at this office building, Lihaseng villagers will now have access to power in their homes as well,” said Dr Matlanyane.
“We all know the benefits electricity can bring into households and society alike. The presence of electricity may also bring job creation opportunities.”
Qiloane Community Council Chairperson Molikeng Mosuoe said the office building would restore order to the area and enable people to access services at a central place.
“Council operations used to be disorderly due to the absence of a permanent office known by everyone,” he said.
“As a result, renting office space from different places used to inconvenience the people, especially those who were using public transport. We are thankful to CBL for assisting us in bringing order within our council.”
Mr Moliko also appealed to the Lesotho Electricity Company to fast-track connecting electricity to the building ahead of the upcoming Service Day next month.
“There is going to be a One Stop Service Day next month which will see government ministries such as Home Affairs, Health and Social Development extending services to people,” he said.
“It is our hope that when that time arrives, electricity would have been installed in this office to enable smooth operations on that day.”
For his part, Local Government Minister Dr Pontšo ‘Matumelo Sekatle said the government was in the process of building community council offices around the country.
“The government is in the process of erecting council offices in constituencies across the country to enable residents to access services,” Dr Sekatle said.