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Differences Over $300K Ba Target

Differences Over $300K Ba Target
Chiefs and reps during the Ba Provincial Council meeting in Natalecake Village in Ba yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
September 04
13:00 2015

Ambitious plans to raise $300,000 for the education of students in Ba, have been questioned by the provincial council members.

The ‘Mata Bose ni Momo’ in Ba, a registered non-governmental organisation, plans to raise the massive amount of money through the Vanua o Ba Festival. The festival is scheduled for September 9 to 11 at Nadovu Park in Lautoka.

Bose ni Momo Trust representative Saimoni Naivalu tried to justify the festival, when speaking at the Ba Provincial Council meeting.

“The aim of the festival is to assist our children in their education and also help in the development,” Mr Naivalu said

“We will also assist the wellbeing of every person. We are not having this festival to go against the Government or the province.

“A lot can be raised from this festival if only we work hand in hand,” he said.

“I would request all those who are interested in this festival to make their way down on this day and show their support in the aim we have for this festival.

“The province of Ba is one of those that contribute the most to the economy,” he said.

The NGO (Mata Bose ni Momo) will conduct their annual general meeting today in Ba.

However, Ba Provincial Council chairman Ratu Tevita Momoedonu questioned the logic behind the Vanua O Ba Festival.

“I do not have anything against the NGO formation but the legality of serving its purpose which is questioned,” he said.

“They are saying for education but that is not the objective of having the Ba Provincial office to look after those issues.”

Ratu Tevita said there was no need to double the burden on the people of Ba.

“Each mata ni tikina will be organising the levy collection at the respective 21 tikina of the Ba province and bring the funds to the office. We won’t have the Adi Salusalu this year which was used to collect the levy. We do not want to double-burden the people of the tikina,” he said.

“We have also passed the motion for the Adi Salusalu Committee to bring the funds back to the provincial office.”



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