Rabi Island leaders receive $155,000

The Office of the Prime Minister will continue to support developments on the Rabi Island in Vanua Levu.


September 12, 2017 7:31 am

The Permanent Secretary in the PMs office, Mr Yogesh Karan and Council of Leaders for Rabi Island Adminstrator, Mr Karia Christopher at the grant agreement signing.

This follows the grant agreement signing between the permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Yogesh Karan and Council of Leaders for Rabi Island administrator, Karia Christopher in Suva yesterday.

The Council of Leaders for Rabi Island is a statutory body established under the Banaban Settlement Act.

PS Karan said the grant of $155,000 in the new financial year would ensure the council’s smooth administration on Rabi Island.

“Out of the $155,000 allocated, $38,000 is for operational cost which is directly managed by the council under the leadership of Mr Christopher while $117,000 will be managed by the Office of the Prime Minister,” PS Karan said.

He said $117,000 was “largely for capital projects and the immediate needs of the island” to ensure the 3500 residents had improved living standards.

“The projects are approved and administered by the Prime Minister’s Office to allow for small projects to be completed as per the scope of work. We would like to ensure that the council runs smoothly with great accountability of the funds provided,” PS Karan added.

Mr Christopher thanked the Government for the grant, which would be used for development, farming, road upgrades and assisting small businesses on the island.

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