Casablanca - Abdelouafi Laftit has administered his first meeting as Minister of Interior to the region of Al Hoceima and announced that the region will benefit from large-scale development projects.
Casablanca – Abdelouafi Laftit has administered his first meeting as Minister of Interior to the region of Al Hoceima and announced that the region will benefit from large-scale development projects.
Morocco’s Minister of Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit, held his first meeting as a minister on Monday in the northern city of Al Hoceima with members of elected bodies, representatives of external interests and civil society in the region. The minister began his meeting by reminding the attendees of the special attention that King Mohammed VI gives to the city. This is represented in his orders to the Minister to convene the meeting in Al Hoceima , as well as in the execution of several development projects in the framework of the scheme dubbed, “Al Hoceima the Beacon of the Mediterranean.”
According to a statement issued by the Ministry on the same day, the minister pointed out that these projects involve numerous vital sectors. He announced that the first phase of these projects was already launched and the various actors involved are stepping up their efforts to comply with the deadlines. The second phase will begin in the middle or, at the latest, at the end of this year.
The official noted that the state is determined to continue its development approach by harnessing all its material, logistical and human resources to implement all projects by the intended deadlines. It is hoped that will successfully respond to the social demands on the city of Al Hoceima . Many of these demands are related to their daily living, added the Minister.
The statement from the ministry also shed light on certain “parties” that seek to exploit the protests and create social and political tension in the northern area. “These suspicious objectives were not merely planned at the field level, but were politically framed through the promotion of a number of extremist political slogans and hate speech against the state’s institutions in a vain attempt to gain a lost popular support from a highly patriotic population that has always expressed its attachment to the glorious Alaoui throne throughout the history of the Moroccan state,” stated the communiqué.
Concerning the nature of the region’s administrative organization, the Minister affirmed that, like all other regions in Morocco, the Al Hoceima region is governed by the provisions of Dahir 1.59.351, concerning the administrative division of the Kingdom. It was published in the Official Gazette N. 2458 on December 4, 1959, where the region was classified as one of the 16 provinces. Laftit noted that this Dahir went through a number of amendments in line with the development in this area in Morocco.
“The minister stressed that these desperate speeches and actions resorted to by some, will only increase the state’s determination to continue its ambitious development approach, which is not related to a certain time frame, but is a strategic option,” the communiqué asserted.
The Minister highlighted that the Ministry of Interior was keen to take measures aimed at giving a new impetus to the relationship between local authorities, citizens, civil society associations, political actors and trade unionists. In the same vein, Laftit stressed that other government measures were taken to improve the level of services provided to the population and to accelerate the pace of the programmed projects. It called on the authorities to endorse the dialogue approach in dealing with citizens, and listening to their needs.
The communiqué concluded that civil society associations in the region should exercise their role in framing the social demands of the population. It should be accomplished in accordance with the important prerogatives guaranteed by law while simultaneously maintaining the gains that have been achieved on all social, economic and political levels.