Most revenue collected by the Makira Ulawa provincial government have been used to support services right down to the rural people, says provincial Minister of Commerce, Trade and Investment Martin Karani.
Mr. Karani told SIBC News recently, provincial wards are the key beneficiaries of revenue collected by the province.
He says the province has shared internal revenue to provide services and 60 percent goes to its provincial wards while 40 percent remains with the Provincial government.
“Most services that we provide here in terms of assistance to our ward council of chiefs and ward development authorities and other sectors the province is helping them is through its internal revenue because our system is that our internal revenue, 60 percent of it goes back to the Wards because we have this governance system in which we have ward development authorities and ward council of chiefs sharing the revenue collected, so 40 percent belongs to the province while 60 percent goes to these authorities.”
SIBC News understands the province is urging its business community to be committed to paying up their outstanding business licensing obligations.