THE Nadroga Navosa Provincial Council has set a benchmark for other provincial councils in the West, says Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki.
He said almost all the villages in Nadroga and Navosa had successfully collected their annual levy amounting to about $200,000 that was raised during the two-day Adi Nadroga Navosa festival that ended yesterday.
Speaking to members of the Ra Provincial Council last week, Cdr Cawaki said the annual levy had assisted thousands of students from Nadroga and Navosa through the education scholarship scheme.
"Most households in the Nadroga and Navosa provinces have raised more than $300 each on annual levy compared to the $30 raised by some families in Ra and Ba," he said.
"Villages in Nadroga normally hold soli competition early in the year rather than leaving it late in the year.
"People should take ownership of development in their various provinces rather than solely depending on government.
"It's high time for the people of Ra and Ba to learn from Nadroga in terms of levy collection."
The peopleof Ra collected $40,000 during their recent Adi Uluda Day celebration while Ba is targeting about $100,000 during the upcoming Adi Salusalu carnival.
Cdr Cawaki urged villagers to make use of their available resources through various income-generating ventures to pay for their annual levy.
"You cannot expect development if you cannot contribute any single cent on annual levy.
"People should first ask what they have done to their province rather than expecting what the province can do to develop its people," he added.