President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Wednesday, met with the Island Council and representatives from institutions in Rinbudhoo, Dhaalu Atoll.
The meeting was held at the Rinbudhoo Council's Secretariat during the president’s two-day visit to the island.
Discussions at the meeting centred around community development plans for the island. The councillors particularly noted the potential benefits of the harbour development project, currently underway, in alleviating an array of difficulties faced by the island's residents.
Moreover, the councillors shared with the President the difficulties faced by the community due to increased salinization of the island's natural freshwater lens, urging President Solih to expedite Rinbudhoo's water and sewerage project.
Furthermore, island representatives expressed concern over housing issues, particularly faced by residents displaced in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
President Solih and the council members also discussed the enhancement of services provided by state institutions in Rinbudhoo. Lack of Laboratory services at the island’s Health Centre and space constraints at both Rinbudhoo School and the office of Fenaka Corporation Ltd were among the issues discussed in this regard.
The president assured that the government would collaborate with relevant stakeholders to address the concerns raised during the meeting.
President Solih returned to the capital city of Male' on Thursday afternoon, following the two-day trip to Rinbudhoo during which he inaugurated the island's Futsal Field, ‘Cultural Road’ which showcases artwork highlighting Maldivian heritage, and the ‘Mariyam-maa' programme, a campaign aimed to increase the wellness of infants and pregnant women.