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District Rep: Why Aren’t Villagers Benefitting From Budget?

District Rep: Why Aren’t Villagers Benefitting From Budget?
(From left) Kinijoji Ramasima, Provincial Administrator Bua Inoke Tuiwainunu and Jone Draunimasi at the Bua Provincial meeting on 18.05.17. Photo: Josaia Ralago
May 19
11:00 2017


District representatives in the Bua Province yesterday raised concerns on how villagers were not benefitting from the proposed 2017/2018 Bua Provincial Council budget.

Mata ni tikina Wainunu Jale Sigarara said villagers were continuously advised to collect funds for the benefit of the Bua Provincial Council, which they did wholeheartedly.

However, he said little was being done by the council to assist them.

“They are there shouldering the duties of the vanua apart from having to struggle for their families and they have been subservient in the calls to raise funds for the Adi Bua Festival and others,” Mr Sigarara said.

“But they hardly benefit from all this. Everybody had a part to play for the scholarship now in place, the ‘soli’ for the Adi Bua and so on.

“And when we take a look at the proposed budget, more than $50,000 is again being directed for the administration of the Bua Provincial Council and the Naulumatua House, but so little for the development to benefit the people.

“Why are we trying so hard to build this ‘temple’ (the Naulumatua House) yet we are missing out on our core objective which is the people of Bua? They are tired and I humbly plead to the council to consider them, please.”

In response, acting Roko Tui Bua AisakeSivo said: “Majority of the funds is granted to us by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and the Bua Provincial Council is a trustee.

“Additionally, this amount includes the salary of the people working in the council.”

The Bua Provincial Council chairperson Alipate Radrodro said the funds were being allocated according to Government requirements.

A total budget of $281,358 has been proposed for the Bua Provincial Council for the 2017/2018 Budget.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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