Mr Tovosia said one of the key requirements of a memorandum signed between the Government and the movement is that the funds must be accounted for by the recipient.
“I can assure those who question the accounting procedure of this fund to know that it will be accounted for,” the minister said when responding to those who questioned how the money will be accounted for.
He said it is wrong to claim that the money would not be refunded as it’s like any public funds it will be properly acquitted.
The minister, who is also the MP for East Guadalcanal where the movement is based, has also rubbished claims that the organisation only represents the people of his area.
Instead, Mr Tovosia claimed that the Group represents the interests of the entire Guadalcanal, which is divided into eight regional groupings.
The organisation was registered in 1985 and its constitution clearly spells that in its objectives is to unite the native people of Guadalcanal, whether residing on the island or not.
Its constitution also provides for the appointment of auditors and to receive and approve an audited statement account of the accounts of the last financial year.
Mr Tovusia said all Guadalcanal people have in one way or the other support the movement and the objectives it stands for.
He had also accused the Leader of Opposition Dr Derek Sikua for doing nothing to help Gaenia’alu when he was the prime minister and as a Guadalcanalese.
Mr Tovusia said the movement had been seeking assistance since its inception and it took a “courageous Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, to support them”.
He said he was surprised that Dr Sikua had questioned the money when he had the opportunity in Parliament to question the allocation when the $1m was brought in the 2013 Budget for debate last year.
“I don’t know why he has now questioned the allocation when it was approved by parliament,” he said.
“Where were you Sikua?” asked Mr Tovusia.
He also rubbished claims that the money had already been used.
Mr Tovusia said the money has already safely deposited into the organisation’s bank account after it was shown to the people last week.
Meanwhile, Mr Tovusia said that aside the $1m, he through his tourism funding allocation had also delivered $200,000 to support the Gaenia’alu cultural centre, $100,000 for Avuavu tourism development and $30,000 towards the improvement of a huge stone-hole which is a tourist attraction.
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