Over K6m budgeted for ward areas

North Fly district in Western will spend more than K6 million, or 61 percent, of its K10 million 2020 DSIP funds, in the ward areas.

Local MP and DDA chairman, James Donald, said this was among a number of decisions reached in their meeting last Tuesday (Nov 19) at Olsobip local level government station.

The North Fly District Development Authority board approved K6.1 million in direct funding to each of the 122 wards that will leave each ward with K50,000 each.

LLGs in North Fly include Nomad LLG 26 wards, Olsobip 16, Ningerum 24, Star Mountain 13, Kiunga Rural 30 and Kiunga Urban 6.

Donald said the ward councilors and their planning committees should open up their ward accounts before first quarter of next year 2020.

Signatories to that account would be the village recorder and representatives for women and church, with the ward member only to oversee.

He said direct ward funding would come under tight guidelines to ensure its intended purpose with focus and emphasis on development on rural or ward areas to make real change.

Building the wards where the population remains in the rural areas where there is no access is the focus of the DDA. Donald said starting next year, the NFDDA would not entertain any more proposals because most of the funding would be going down straight to the wards.

Meanwhile, the K3.9 million balance of 2020 DSIP will be spent on the following: K1 million for churches and admin each and K1.9 million on continuing projects.

(North Fly MP and DDA chairman, James Donald)

Sally Pokiton