Province offers scholarship

TERTIARY scholarships for the children of Bua will begin next year.

Bua chief Ratu Orisi Baleitavea, who is part of the bose vanua ko Bua, said the program would begin in January.

“We were waiting for this MOU to be completed by the provincial council education committee and now that it has been completed, the tertiary students of Bua can now apply from January next year,” he said.

“The MOU will include the requirements of obtaining the scholarship.”

Ratu Orisi said funds raised from next month’s Adi Bua would also be included in the scholarship program.

“The small districts in Bua will raise $5000 and the bigger districts will raise $8000 and money raised from the Adi Bua will be used for the scholarship program and the provincial levy to the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs,” Ratu Orisi said.

“So far, since the Adi Bua started, we have been able to pay the provincial levy and the assistance for our children remains.”

“Part of the delay was because the MOU was not ready yet but now, we will have our scholarship program.”

The program, he said would benefit the children of Bua especially in their tertiary education.

“This is a positive move for the province of Bua and only the children and the people of Bua will benefit greatly,” Ratu Orisi said.

“Over the years, we have also had the Bua Show Case which has provided an opportunity for the farmers and fishermen in Bua to buy their outboard boats and machines directly from Nabouwalu.”

The province of Bua, he added always pays about $28,000 every year for their provincial levy.

The Adi Bua will be held on November 9 and 10.

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