Manele: $300m in livelihood funds for rural development

Opposition Leader Jeremiah Manele

More than 300 million dollars in livelihood funds in the 2017 budget will go to constituencies for rural development this year.

This is according to the leader of the Parliamentary Opposition Group and Member of Parliament (MP) for Kia/Hograno and Havulei, Jeremiah Manele.

Mr Manele was contributing on the floor of Parliament on the Sine Die Motion moved by the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Monday 10 April 2017.

He adds that these funds if utilized properly should improve basic needs and services such as housing, water and sanitation, lighting, transport, and income generating initiatives; and in the process help us to achieve some of the sustainable development goals in our rural areas.

Mr Manele on behalf of the people of his constituency thanked the government especially the ministry of rural development and the ministry of finance and treasury for facilitating and funding his constituency projects and programs during the last two years.

“My people look forward to this ongoing close collaboration.

“…during this meeting we also debated and passed a private member’s motion for the government to consider introducing a formula for a fair allocation of constituency development funds to all 50 constituencies based on population, remoteness, hardship and other factors commencing in 2018.

“This as many of us agreed is timely and the right thing to do. I look forward to our deliberations on this new formula.”