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Loa Villagers Thank Govt For Budget Consultation

The villagers of Loa in Caka­udrove have acknowledged the Government for accept­ing their request to hold a budget consultation at their village for the first time.
02 Jul 2022 19:00
Loa Villagers Thank Govt For Budget Consultation
The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with the villagers of Loa in Cakaudrove after the Financial Year 2022-2023 National Budget Consultation on July 1, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The villagers of Loa in Caka­udrove have acknowledged the Government for accept­ing their request to hold a budget consultation at their village for the first time.

Meleti Raimuria and Isimeli Vani­qi presented a traditional welcome on behalf of 40 households to the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Financial Year 2022-2023 National Budget Consultation on Friday.

Mr Raimuria thanked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum for accepting their re­quest made a few weeks ago to con­duct a budget consultation in the village.

The village closer to Natuvu Jetty is about three hour’s drive from La­basa Town.

“We, the people of Loa Village, al­though living by the sea, far from the main towns of Vanua Levu would like to contribute to the budget consultation,” Mr Raimu­ria said.

“Your presence in the village and sharing information about what is happening in Fiji means a lot to us.”

Mr Vaniqi said for some of them it was the first time to see Mr Sayed-Khaiyum face to face.

“Sir, we have seen you on televi­sion, heard you through radio sta­tions and we get to know when you in Savusavu and Labasa,” Mr Va­niqi said.

“We had always wished that you would come to our village and spend some time with us.”

The 70-year-old farmer thanked him for taking his time out.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum thanked them and said it was the first time a budget consultation was taken to a village in the Northern Division.

“We have had some consultations in villages of Viti Levu but not in Vanua Levu,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“Budget consultation events are very important because the budget sets out every year how much mon­ey the Government will spend the following year and what is the goal of the budget not just for one year but for all the following years.”

He told the gathering that he saw there was no electricity in the vil­lage and where the electricity grid ended.

“In the 2022-2023 national budget there is some allocation for extend­ing the electricity grid as some peo­ple had asked for it,” he said.

“There are some people who want to get connected to water, have better roads, new Irish crossing, bridges, free education, and there are some provisions in the budget.”

Another consultation is sched­uled for Saturday to be held at La­basa Civic Centre from 10am.

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