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$30m for growth centres not unused

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MINISTRY of Rural Development has only expended $4.2 million of the $30 million allocated for the three economic growth centres in Malaita Province in the 2012 budget.

Minister Lionel Alex confirmed in Parliament yesterday when asked by Leader of Opposition, Dr Derek Sikua.

He said the $4.2 million was spent specifically for ground work at Foumamanu and Afio.

Foumamanu in East Malaita, Afio (South Malaita) and Suava Bay in Lau Baelelea were part of National Coalition of Rural Advancement (NCRA) shift of policy direction to trigger growth in rural areas.

This policy shift was aimed at distributing development to rural areas.

Member of Parliament for East Choiseul, Manasseh Sogavare has questioned the basis for allocating $30 million for the three growth centres.

However, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo said this showed the weakness of the budgetary system where the budgetary team was making estimation to reflect the activities.

Mr Lilo believed if the country moves into multi budgetary system it would be able to feature good part of the economic growth centres’ activities.

He said the Government had recognised the growth centres because of the need to create demand to be able to generate good flows of income, creating employment and so forth.

By Eddie Osifelo