BY JARED KOLI
Four communities in Birao ward, Marau in east Guadalcanal will benefit from a Ward Development Grant (WDG) of $50,000 to implement community projects in the provincial ward.
The Guadalcanal Provincial Government yesterday hands over the cheque in a brief handover ceremony at the Guadalcanal provincial headquarter in Honiara.
Sourced through Guadalcanal provincial government local revenue, the funding will be used in the completion of Marauiapa Womens Market, Vuravura foot path, Savekau Early Childhood Education (ECE) project and Simeruka Sanitation project.
Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) for Birao ward Andrew Tahisihaka congratulates the recipients and wish them success in the implementation of the approved projects for 2021/2022 financial year.
“The projects are targeting economic needs of Marauaiapa women by having a proper market venue because now there is no proper market house there for women to sell their produce. The Vuravura footpath project is more to do with safe access for our people,” Tahisihaka said.
He adds the funding will also improve access for ECE in Savekau community, and improve access to sanitation for Simeruka community.
“I am looking forward for proper implementation of the projects and urge communities to care and properly use the facilities when they complete,” said Tahisihaka.
Island Sun was informed that currently, MPAs will no longer receive the ward grants.
Instead, the Ward development committee will receive the grants based on their annual work plans approved by provincial assembly.
Guadalcanal Provincial Secretary Timothy Ngele handed over the cheque on behalf of Guadalcanal provincial Government to Chairman of Birao Ward, Victor Ninipua.
Other officials of Guadalcanal Province are also present to witness the handing over of the cheque yesterday.
According to GPG Media, other four wards received the same grant of $50,000 each. They are Malango, Paripao, Tasimboko, and Talise wards. It says this is their second payments of $50,000 Ward Development Grants.