Renato Schifani commissioner for the rehabilitation of the Messina slum

The governor of Sicily, Renato Schifani, has been entrusted with the role of extraordinary commissioner for the Messina slum. «The demolition of the Messina slums is one of the measures I wanted as a minister for the South of which I am most proud, because it erases a shame that lasted over a century. With the Draghi government, we allocated 100 million euros from the Development and Cohesion Fund for the reclamation of areas, urban redevelopment and the housing relocation of residents – says Mara Carfagna, president of Azione – The demolitions began almost immediately, now it is a matter of completing the interventions already started. I therefore wish President Schifani, the new commissioner for the rehabilitation of the slums, a good job. We need to give a real home as soon as possible and restore dignity and rights to families that have been forgotten for too long”.

«The text of the Milleproroghe decree was stamped by the State General Accounting Office and consequently published in the Official Gazette. Among the many innovations, the provision contains one that is really important for the city of Messina, a measure on which I have been working in recent weeks and which will be decisive for continuing to spend the resources made available for the redevelopment of the urban area. The commissioner relating to the rehabilitation of the Messina slums will be extended by one year, but from 1 January 2023 the new extraordinary commissioner of the government will be the president of the Sicilian Region, Renato Schifani”. This was stated in a note by Matilde Siracusano, Undersecretary for Relations with Parliament. «I thank the prefect of Messina, Cosima Di Stani, for the work carried out in recent months in the capacity of commissioner, and for having carried forward – with sacrifice, professionalism and sense of the State – the demolition and safety measures of the barracks present in the city: unworthy realities for a civilized country, with asbestos roofs and open sewers. But now it is right that politics should take on this burden, continuing to use the 100 million euros allocated a year and a half ago by the so-called Carfagna amendment quickly and well. Therefore, having a ‘politicò’ commissioner who knows the Sicilian reality well and who constantly dialogues with the national executive could be an added value in the grounding of these funds and in the resolution of many problems. Excellent news for the people of Messina and for the whole Region. One more piece against degradation and in favor of the path of rebirth of the city of the Strait».

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