Provincial Budgets depend on National Government: Vasuni

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

CENTRAL Islands Province (CIP) Premier Hon Patrick Vasuni reminds CIP that though they passed the budget of $10,447,703 during their Provincial Assembly last week, it will depend on the funding given by the National Government.

Hon Vasuni said this after learning from report circulating that the National Government will be cutting the funding too for provincial governments this time round.

The province last week held its Provincial Assembly meeting at the new provincial Chamber in which $10,447,703 was passed for the service of the province for this financial year of 2018/2019.

However according to CIP’s Premier despite of the good news for the province, he said it will depend on the funding given through the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) from the National Government.

“We are worried because information circulating around is that the National Government will be cutting the funding too for provincial governments,” said the Premier.

“If such really happens then I call on my good people of CIP to work hard together in order to ensure that we continue to maintain sustainability in the province because reducing the funds is similar to funds not having impacts at all.

“Let us now only humbly wait and see what the National Government will be offering for us this time round.”

It is understood that provincial budgets are first passed this time round before the national budgets are passed.

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