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$20m for Help for Homes in August

The second phase of the “Help for Homes” initiative will be set to take place in August of this year.  This was confirmed yesterday by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz -Sayed-Khaiyum during the signing of the loans agreement by the World Bank and ADB  in Suva. SAYED-KHAIYUM: “We’ve allocated $20 million for that and as […]

Salote Qalubau

July 19, 2016 2:04 pm

The second phase of the “Help for Homes” initiative will be set to take place in August of this year. 

 Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz -Sayed-Khaiyum during the signing of the loans agreement by the World Bank and ADB in Suva yesterday. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)
The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz -Sayed-Khaiyum during the signing of the loans agreement by the World Bank and ADB in Suva yesterday. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

This was confirmed yesterday by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz -Sayed-Khaiyum during the signing of the loans agreement by the World Bank and ADB  in Suva.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “We’ve allocated $20 million for that and as announced also in the budget we will be going back into the red zone areas to see of people have been left out and obviously they will be given priority.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also reiterated the process used to handle those found making false declarations.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Well the process is that when receive complaints or when we have people telling us that people may have actually made some false declarations,  they refer it to the audit team from the Ministry of Economy, they then carry out an independent assessment and then if need be the matter is then reported to the police.”

“As you know a few people have been charged, I understand there are some other charges pending  but that is the process.”

He added that a total of $205 million had been specifically set aside in the 2016-2017 budget for the reconstruction works.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “In the budget allocation we have approximately FJ$205 million that has been allocated for the reconstruction  with something like $130 million in respect of reconstruction of schools  and of course we have the public facilities  then we have of course the rehabilitation to areas such as agriculture.”

“There’s reconstruction of Government facilities, agriculture stations, civil servants quarters out in the rural areas that entire rebuild is about $205 million which sits under head 50, theres a construction rehabilitation unit that will essentially oversee that.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also confirmed that pre-construction works were presently underway with the Fiji Institute of Engineers carrying out necessary damage assessments in affected areas.

READ: 6,375 people assisted under ‘Help for Home’ initiative

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