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www.fijitimes.com - Serafina QaloMonday, October 19, 2009
MONEY earned from the qoliqoli of Cakaudrove Province will not be used for any other purpose other than the education of the province's, says paramount chief Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.
The chief said revenue from fishing licences and pearl farming would not be given out as loans or used on any function hosted by the province.
At a qoliqoli meeting at Wailevu Village, Ratu Naiqama told the people of Tunuloa education was paramount and all money would be directed towards the children's education.
Currently, the province's main source of income is from fishing licenses fees.
With plans to boost pearl farming, Ratu Naiqama said this would help increase revenue.
A group of villages along Buca Bay and Kioa island have been employed on pearl farms and their earnings have helped upgrade their living standards.
Ratu Naiqama said the children of Cakaudrove needed assistance in education such as paying of school fees because many parents still struggled to meet educational expenses.
He said some parents struggled to pay building fees of as low as $20.
Ratu Naiqama said the province would be barred from obtaining loans from the educational funds.
The criteria has been outlined for interested applicants.
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