Budget cut upsets kayaking project

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

KAYAKING project in Ngella (Florida) was not launched last year because the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) and the Ministry of culture and Tourism were called back to reprioritise their budget.

Facing cut on their budget for this year, there is high possibility that the kayaking project will not take place soon.

MP for North East Guadalcanal Hon Derek Sikua during the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) enquiry recently to the ministry of tourism questioned SIVB over what happened to the kayaking programme that they discussed during the past in which he thought had already been launched last year.

The ministry of tourism and SIVB in response however said that they were called back by the government to reprioritise the budget in which affected the whole programme that they were already preparing on in Ngella.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) Josefa Tuamoto said they had done all the ground work but then stopped because of the budget support they were allocated with for this year.

He expressed that the Kayaking project was very exciting because it was driven by the whole sailors.

“Unfortunately we will hold back until we get fund,” said SIVB’s CEO.

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