BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
A pilot village is to be decided in starting at as an eye-opener to improve healthy standard model villages in Ngella, Central Islands Province (CIP), going in line with tourism activities there.
This is according to CIP’s Provincial Government that is planning to set up public rest houses amongst communities in the province.
CIP’s Premier Hon Patrick Vasuni reminded that this is no easy task as they want landowners to partner with the province because unless partnering with them before they will be able to help landowners to develop their land being the current procedure.
“It is a huge task as we will start with a pilot village approach in which we are yet to agree on which village to start with to be the model one for rest of villages to see and follow,” said the Premier.
Hon Vasuni assured that the Provincial Government is ready for the development.
CIP’s Provincial Secretary (PS), Christian Siale, also contributing to the premier explained broadly that the initiative is a woman driven program being yet to be implemented in the province.
He said they are working on this now to help women through the framework of the National Council of Woman (NCW) and the Provincial Council of Woman (PCW) recently being established.
PS Siale said the province finds that without the NCW and PCW framework, the program will not roll out.
“So the province has established this as funding will come through that framework from the main line ministries and NGO’s,” said the PS.
He said each village must have a public guest house, amenities and proper sanitised rubbish areas which are the bottom line where community tourism goes in being its parts and puzzles, as well as a healthy part of living for Central Islanders.”
It is understood that this initiative is a frontal approach capturing woman, youth and children.