BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
CHOISEUL’S Provincial Member, Clement Kengava has called upon donor partners to increase funding and support to his province.
The MPA for Tavula ward and former Parliamentarian made the call after what he described as lack of will by the current provincial executive to look after the environment and infrastructure especially around the provincial capital, Taro.
He said other sister provinces are developed with more donor support, especially in looking after the environment compared to Choiseul.
“After almost three years in office, Choiseul Province, under the leadership of Qoloni Executive, has failed to attract the support of donors and national ministerial projects.
“This is because there is no visionary approach to develop the Province,” he added.
“Since coming into power in July 2018 the Qoloni led government has made no outright decisions to improve infrastructures in health, education and administrative facilities in the Province,” Kengava said.
Kengava explained that so far, all that was approved in the last two financial year budgets (2019 & 2020) are either unfinished PCDF projects, mostly from the Executive members wards, Ward Development Grants of only mere $100,000 per Ward but controlled by the Planning Division of the Province and never-started Choiseul Bay Township Projects (MPGIS controlled project).
He added that there is virtually no new donor direct funded project negotiated and secured by the current Qoloni Government to date.
Kengava said that a good example of an area needing donor support is for a rubbish collecting truck for Taro Station, the provincial capital.
He said the Japanese Government is very supportive of such a cause for a healthy, clean environment and the Premier should take the initiative and seek assistance in this area.
“Currently, the amount of rubbish and overgrown bushes in the station has overpowered the Works Division of the Province.
“With Taro being declared an emergency zone under the COVID 19 Pandemic State of Emergency, the Qoloni Government must ensure the island capital station is clean, and free from overpopulation,” Kengava said.