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Naupoto Happy With Allocation

Naupoto Happy With Allocation
June 30
12:59 2018

The Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, is happy with the allocation received in the 2018-2019 National Budget.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun at the Queen Victoria School passing-out parade at Matavatucou yesterday he said the allocation, especially the increase in operating expenditure, gave RFMF the flexibility to carry out its work.

The total budget for the RFMF in 2018–2019 is $103.3 million, comprising $6.9m in operating expenditure, $900,000 for capital expenditure and $500,000 VAT.

He said RFMF planned new initiatives and he was glad the new budget would enable the military to carry them out. The new initiatives will include:

$500,000 to renovate and upgrade the existing RFMF quarters; $90,000 to purchase a back-up generator for the RFMF camp at Queen Elizabeth Barracks;

$300,000 for the upgrade and replacement of kitchen equipment at eight RFMF campuses; $150,000 for the purchase of scaffolding to assist RFMF Engineers in undertaking renovation work and the storage of materials and equipment. This will increase RFMF Engineers’ involvement in rural development through the construction of roads, bridges, schools and health centres;

$100,000 for the purchase of Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) equipment, giving the Territorial Force Engineers the tools they need for highly-responsive rehabilitation works in the wake of a natural disaster;

$634,940 to cater for the cadet training of 70 territorial force soldiers who are expected to be absorbed in 2018–2019. This training is compulsory;

$50,000 for the operation and maintenance expenses for the maritime surveillance centre;

$235,000 to cater for naval basic recruit course for the recruitment of 50 personnel; and

$150,000 to fund an existing bank account in Australia which is used to provide quick access to funds for purchases of parts and equipment that are exclusive in Australia. There are some ongoing initiatives as well.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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