Top of the morning bloggers. Well slimy Samy now gets a free 1st Class ticket to the UN with Vore. The extension of the farter Charter consultation period must be frustrating for us because it is a concession of his utter failure in that the people of Fiji have rejected his farter Charter. The poor turnouts all over the country overwhelming proves this point and the Methodist Church’s collecting its own Petition has proven to the greatest counter-punch at the moment. The recent outbursts by Chodo Jnr and the FLP’s questioning the wisdom in extending the Charter deadline moves them closer to their inevitable course with the illegal junta as their interests conflict and their both try to save their own skins. Isn’t pressure good to force Eveli 50c to direct ketepoka Teleni to investigate the death of Baleiloa. Eveli’s stupid comment that the Police should be given a chance to collect all the evidence, etc, when they should have already obtained them once he was brutalised and the officers should have been stood down then, but the illegal junta is now beginning to face its own kama. We at SV says memu sici bokala!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
THE National Council for Building a Better Fiji wants more money and more time to publicly promote the draft People’s Charter. NCBBF Technical and Support Secretariat head John Samy said the extension (of the public forums) to mid-December was something they had not budgeted for.
He said council members expressed concern over the lack of resources, and additional funds was something that had to be looked into. He would not say how much the Charter process cost or the amount needed to cover the extension period.
“In the council today, members expressed strong views about this,” Mr Samy said. “They feel this is very important for the country and that it should be adequately resourced.” Deposed Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes earlier called on Mr Samy to demonstrate a level of transparency and accountability for the use of $3million of taxpayers’ money allocated for the Charter.
Mr Beddoes also asked Mr Samy to disclose the allowances given to each NCBBF member to date. In response, Mr Samy said last week while there was an urgency to disclose and account for the money spent on the draft People’s Charter, they were waiting on the Prime Minister’s Office.
“We are trying to put everything together,” he said. “The PM’s Office provided the budget and we are waiting for it. “The PM’s office provided the budget and we are waiting for it. “I am not a civil servant so I have to check on the procedures we need to comply with before the information is released,” Mr Samy said.
When contacted for a comment on the budget, the permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s office, Parmesh Chand, referred queries back to Mr Samy. In April, The Fiji Times revealed Mr Samy was receiving a salary of $12,000 a month after tax.
On the other hand, NCBBF members were also collecting a sitting allowance equivalent to what was paid to Members of Parliament pre-December 5, 2006 –– about $100 a day. Mr Samy said the extension would give them more time.
“When we started after the last August meeting we were looking at five to six weeks to cover the whole country,” he said. “The reason the council had stuck to the original time table is because the President’s political dialogue was to get underway and we wanted to be ready to put in the input on electoral reforms to that forum.
“Now since that forum has not even started it gives us more time which is a great opportunity because we can do this better.” Meanwhile, interim Prime Minister and council co-chair Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has, in a council communique, revealed his intention to promote the charter in his address to the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and during discussions he plans to have with other national leaders during the course of the meeting.
Mr Samy will travel with the Government delegation to New York as an adviser on the charter related matters. The delegation leaves for New York on Tuesday and Cmdre Bainimarama will address the general assembly on Friday.