Western province passes one last bill

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BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
GIZO

THE Western provincial government, in its last assembly last week, passed a bill.

The Western Provincial 2018/2019 Supplementary Appropriation (No.1) Bill 2018/2019 was passed on Tuesday, to be submitted to the Minister of Provincial Government for assenting and gazette.

Western Provincial 2018/2019 Supplementary Appropriation (No.1) Bill 2018/2019 went through the first reading stage during the second day of the meeting.

Provincial minister for finance and treasury, Lester Saomasi announced the province has appropriated a budget of $4,925,757 over the next fiscal year.

Saomasi while detailing the content of 2018/2019 budget estimate set before the chamber on Tuesday, said there is a supplementary expenditure of $4,925,757 for the services of the Western provincial government in respect of the fiscal year 2018/2019.

Saomasi thanked MPAs who presented their debate during the sine die motion in the last full assembly sitting under Premier Wayne Maepioh.

“It is time for this province to rise to its challenges, but in order for this to happen, we MPAs as elected leaders to working together to achieve goals.

“I would like to wish and hopeful that the next government will amicably solve the finance situation in terms of good management in the coming years.

“I hope some of us will not hinder the smooth implementation of this lawful exercise.”

The budget was passed before the house on Tuesday May 29, 2018.

The assembly concluded its final sitting on Thursday.

Meanwhile, MPA for Ward 18 South Rendova George Solingi Lilo speaking during the Sine Die said he was not satisfied with the MPAs’ overall attendance and contributing.

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