The promises of the electoral period continue to revive the expectations among the residents of Draa-Tafilalet

The first year of the inauguration of the new collective councils (after the September 2021 elections) comes to an end without fulfilling the expectations of the citizens who convene these new elected councils to download development and economy workshops, in order to to achieve development in all vital areas.

Residents of the Draa-Tafilalet region had pinned their hopes on the new elected councils that emerged from the results of the September 8 elections, led by the Draa-Tafilalet region council, in order to closely monitor concerns of citizens on development issues and monitor their expectations and perceptions of the side to which they aspire.

Less than a month before the end of the first year of the current electoral mandate, the local population of the Draa-Tafilalet region in general is still waiting for the elected municipalities to activate the promises made during the electoral campaign of “September 8 ”. 2021” and respond to the expectations of the neighbors to get out of the situation of “blockade” and stagnation.

During this report, the electronic newspaper Hespress tried to shed light on the expectations of the citizens of the elected councils that resulted from the results of September 2021, and to communicate these expectations and concerns of the citizens to the elected officials to respond to them.

“traffic jam”

Several people interested in local affairs in the Draa-Tafilalet region unanimously agreed that more than 90 percent of the territorial groups in this region are headed by new and young faces after the last elections, explaining that the citizens voted against of former officials. in his desire to generate change; But nothing has changed after about a year of opening and work, as they say.

In that context, Halima Benadi, a resident of Rashidiya city, said that the development and economic situation after the 2021 elections did not make any progress, but the situation remained as it was, adding: “In the past, some people obstructed development with open face; Today it is obstructed secretly and under false pretenses.

The same spokeswoman stressed, in statements to Hespress, that development in the Draa-Tafilalet communities entered a “bottleneck” years ago, and no one was able to remove it, but all those chosen are awaiting the final announcement of their death. bury it and bury with it the dreams of more than one million and 600,000 citizens, adding that the current development situation does not bode well, especially with some elected councils that remain silent on the demands and expectations of citizens.

For his part, Abdel-Jalil Ouhidi, from the city of Tinghir, confirmed that “everyone is shouting and asking for development in social networks; But no one can go out into reality to shout, even if they file complaints and demand that the responsible authorities intervene urgently to carry out the promises made to citizens for downloading development workshops.

Ohidi explained: “For example, in the city of Tinghir, development is faltering and the regional authority has become a collective council to offload development projects. Through the National Initiative for Human Development and other programs.

The same spokesman added that there are conflicts between the majority and the opposition that have begun to emerge in recent days; This threatens the city with a “blockade” for many more years,” pointing out that “the population wants the council with all its components, the opposition and the majority, to work in a participatory and collective manner to achieve all expectations and not just fight to stay in the positions”.

drowning in fragility

The Draa-Tafilalet region is rich in natural qualities that would place it in the ranking of the most radiant natural tourist destinations in the Kingdom, if it were duly valued and promoted, according to identical statements by the residents of the region who spoke to the electronic newspaper Hespress .

In this context, Jamal Benasso, an activist from the province of Errachidia, said that the region, with its five provinces, has strong qualities capable of making it the “Switzerland of Morocco”, adding that all the possibilities and qualities are available in this new region.

Speaking to Hespress, Benasso pointed to the need to take advantage of the opportunities and possibilities available to download the regional development model in the region, highlighting that it has the economic capacity to achieve a real take-off and provide great economic services to Morocco in general. .

Despite the fact that the Draa-Tafilalet region has great and strong qualifications capable of changing the current miserable reality, those interested in the development issues of the region claim that the region has suffered and suffers from “development poverty” for many years. , due to the “failed” development programs that are adopted, highlighting that these “failed development policies” contributed to the deterioration of the reality of many vital sectors.

In this context, Hassan Abernous, an activist from the city of Zagora, highlighted that the failure of development programs to achieve their goals meant that the dreams of the inhabitants of Draa-Tafilalet were postponed indefinitely, explaining that the regions of the region in They generally have many qualifications capable of making development possible.

Speaking to Hespress, Abernous added that the region can be described as a nationally poor region in terms of development, economic and social projects, unlike the rest of the Kingdom’s regions, especially the southern regions, noting that “the region it has qualifications capable of achieving a real development take-off; but the absence of the will to change and the absence of development thinking and mind among officials will make it suffer for other decades to come.”

Responsibility Comments

Commenting on the issue, several heads of the elected councils in the provinces of the Draa-Tafilalet region unanimously agreed that talking about a take-off of development after the 2021 elections at this time is not possible due to many considerations; Including the international crisis, the high prices and the continuous repercussions of the Corona virus, explaining that the local communities do not have financial credits capable of reaching a small part of the expectations of the public street.

Several elected officials contacted by the electronic newspaper Hespress on the subject of development explained that the budgets of the territorial councils are very weak, and this year the Ministry of the Interior reduced the percentage of taxes for the territorial collectivities and regional councils by more than 40 percent. cent, highlighting that this reduction also contributed to deepen the financial problem of the groups, some had only a few million left, with which they could not complete a simple and small project, as they themselves expressed.