Port Vila Lord Mayor Albert Daniel has assured visiting 37-year-old Luganville Mayor Peter Patty during his short stint at the Town Hall last week that the Port Vila/Luganville relations will be bolstered with his election.
“We will revisit the sister city relations we signed between our two cities in 2012 to encompass mutual agreements that will better the lives of the citizens of Port Vila and Luganville,” the First Citizen of Port Vila,” Mr Daniel said.
The Luganville Mayor was in Port Vila last week to “mend the chains” of communication and assistance with government agencies and aid donor countries based in Port Vila.
During a luncheon hosted in his honor by the Port Vila Mayor, the town clerk Peter Sakita hinted to Luganville Mayor Patty and the Acting Town Clerk of Luganville, Mr Philip Isom the experiences faced by Port Vila in collecting property taxes and why the valuation of properties should be different.
Mr Patty said his primary objective during his visit to Port Vila is to find a solution to constant water supply shortage in Luganville which currently has a population of over 22, 000.
“There was an increase of 5, 000 “overnight” in 2017 with the volcano evacuees from neighboring island Ambae,” he said.
The Luganville Mayor told Mr Daniel that although Luganville Municipal Council was established in 1975 together with Port Vila, they in Luganville still regard Port Vila as their “elder brother” and they will always respect that.
Mayor Patty’s mother is from Paama but he has blood ties with Ifira Paramount Chief Mantoi Kalsakau III and already commentators say Mr Patty will be the right person to increase working relations with Port Vila.
Mr Patty is serving his third term in the Council.