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June 22, 2021

Central Provincial Assembly Meets

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The Central Provincial Assembly Meeting resumed today with a good turnout of members at the Provincial Assembly Hall at Konedobu.

There were two main adgendas, the first was the Central Province Sports Authority Bill.

The other was a vital statement presented on education.

In the absence of Governor Kila Haoda, Deputy Governor for Central Province, Desmond Baira, chaired the Provincial Assembly Meeting this morning.

The Central Province Sports Authority Bill 2016 was high on the agenda with members supporting the Bill during debate.

All members present today spoke in support of the bill saying it will ensure allocation of resources including an adequate budget to support Central province athletes.

In the end the Central Province Sports Authority Bill 2016 was unanimously passed. With the Bill, Sports administration and programs will be more coordinated and funding can be sourced from the Provincial budget as well as from donors, development partners and corporate bodies.

Education was another item on the agenda with Abau MP, Sir Puka Temu, emphasising that education must remain the number one priority of the province.

Student-teacher ratios, skills training centres, minimum standards, a possible university and international scholarships were all discussed by various members of the assembly.

A Provincial Education Bill is expected to be drafted and presented to the assembly before it rises for the year.

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