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Council Members Make Amicable Agreement On Budget For School

Council Members Make Amicable Agreement On Budget For School
Some Buan men strikes a pose at the Naulumatua House in Bua on 18.05.17. Photo: Josaia Ralago
May 19
11:07 2017

A proposal to divert $11,000 from the Bua Provincial Council 2017/2018 Budget to Bua Central College was challenged by some council members because it was unfair to four other schools in the province.

Instead, only $7000 will be diverted to the school and the remaining to go into the maintenance of the Naulumatua House in Nabauwalu.

The issue was raised and members reached an amicable agreement after the meeting chair Alipate Radrodro intervened.

The issue began after it was proposed that $11,000 was to go towards the maintenance works of Bua Central College for the 2017/2018 Budget.

But district representatives and council members claimed that this was unfair to the other four high schools in the province.

The issue was raised on Day Two of the Bua Provincial Council meeting in Nabouwalu yesterday.

Acting Roko Tui Bua Aisake Sivo reasoned that the school was managed by the council and therefore was priority to them.

Mata ni tikina Wainunu Jale Sigarara said that this was unfair because the other schools were receiving a mere $2000.

“The children of Bua are now attending the other schools and gone are the days where all children had be enrolled at Bua Central College for high school education.

“The children are now evenly spread in the other four schools in the province,” Mr Sigarara said.

“If we are to divert the funds, we have to equally distribute the funds.”

Mr Sivo said they decided on the $11,000 because the school needed maintenance.

“And the funds being given to the school by the Government cannot cater for the planned works and other areas which would ensure the well-being of the students’ learning,” Mr Sivo said.

Council member Jovesa Ravolaca said: “The Government is also granting funds for the school as well as the other four high schools. Why do they need that much and not the others?

“Let us be considerate and not play favourites and all these schools should have an equal share according to their school roll because the other children of Bua are being trained in these other schools as.”

A motion was later moved by Mr Radrodro. He suggested to reduce the allocated amount to $7000. The left over $4000 was to go into the maintenance of the Naulumatua House.

This was supported by council members.

The other high schools in Bua are: Ratu Luke Memorial School, Immaculate Conception College, Lekutu Secondary School and Naikavaki Secondary School.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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