Three More Districts with Clean Audit Reports Receive first Portion of Million Tala Project Funds

The Minister also reminded district representatives to ensure funds from this project are spread equally amongst members of their communities, so that everyone will benefit and not just a few.

0
282

By Jasmine Netzler-Iose. Three districts have this week signed funding agreements with the Minister of Women, Community and Social Development and the Minister of Finance granting them $160,000 tala under Government’s distribution of the second $1million District Development Project.

Held at the Tooa Salamasina Hall the Chairs, Deputy Chairs, and Secretaries of the District Councils signed their names on the dotted lines to receive a $160K portion of funds specifically tagged for staff salaries and operational costs of their centres.

Three more districts receive $160k for operational staff wages.

The three districts set to received funds this week are;

1. Satupaitea
2. Vaisigano 1
3. Faasaleleaga 1

According to a release from the Ministry, these three districts together with the 21 districts distributed two weeks ago, have satisfied the Audit process for the use of the first million tala disbursement.

The Steering Committee overlooking the Audit process approved the 3 distrcits at its meeting of 27th February 2024.

The $160,000 tala disbursement accounts for 16% of the second million under the Financial Year 2023-2024.

Minister of Women, Community and Social Development Mulipola Anarosa Ale-Molio’o acknowledged the patience of districts in receiving funds under the second $1million distributed under this project.

However the Minister stressed the importance of following proper process.

She said there were challenges during the roll-out of the first million under this project but there have been many important lessons that will assist in this second roll-out.

The Minister also reminded district representatives to ensure funds from this project are spread equally amongst members of their communities, so that everyone will benefit and not just a few.

Mulipola also urged them to abide by the regulations and procedures already in place for the development.

“Connect with the Ministry if you need assistance or clarification of a matter about the development.”

The minister also stressed that it was important that all understand the processes of the funds that will be turned over.

Following the signing, the Ministry will move to prepare all necessary documents to turn over to the Ministry of Finance for the distribution of the $160,000 to the bank accounts of districts for operations of the District Council offices, she explained.

The remaining $840,000 for district developments, said the Minister, entails the following;

1. Tender in to PMU Annual Plans and Budgets for the review of the Working Committee (Komiti Galulue), and approval from the Steering Committee (Komiti Faafoe) in February.

2. Conduct One on One Consultation with the Working Committee and District Council Committee for their priority areas in March.

3. Distribution of $420,000 (1st Tranche) in March

4. Tender in Acquittal report of the use of the funds and due date June 24.

5. Conduct One on One Consultation clarifying projects that will be funded by the last $420,000 or 2nd tranche. Cut-off date June 2024

6. Distribution of final $420,000 (2nd tranche), June 2024

7. Tender in Acquittal report of use of 1 million and the full audit report by September 2024

8. Steering Committee approves audit report and eligible to funds from the 3 million of the project.

Photos: Jasmine Netzler-Iose