BY SAMIE WAIKORI
COMMUNITIES across Malaita province are benefiting from 213 micro projects that the provincial government is implementing under its Ward Development Fund for the 2021/2022 financial year.
Minister of Finance and Treasury under the MARA government, Hon Nelson Lenty recently said the projects cover 14 sectors and are executed under the total capital expenditures of SBD$10, 399, 788.
He said the breakdown of project implementation under each sector are, 21 projects for agriculture, nine projects for commerce and investment and 29 projects under education.
Lenty said there are only one project under environment and climate change, eight fisheries projects, 13 health projects, seven projects under mines and energy and 47 projects under social service infrastructure.
He further explained that two projects under the traditional governance, 56 projects under water and sanitation, five projects under women development, five for works and transport, eight for youth and sport and two projects for investment services.
Lenty said these ward developments funded projects continues to be distributed throughout the province as they are aimed at contributing to the development of the province.
On that note, he highlights the importance for MPG to look at some pressing sectors that are of great need to people in the communities.
“You will notice that the MPG lacks proper water and sanitation in most of our wards followed by social service infrastructure, education and agriculture,” Lenty said.
He said despite these mentioned sectors making good percentage of the 213 projects that are implemented, there is a need for more of such project in communities.
He adds that with current trends, the future looks brighter as more of people have felt that needs will be addressed through Ward Development Grants in the next five years.