The Hon. Minister into the 3rd day of his Northern tour distributed the second (2nd) pay-out of mineral royalty fair share to the members of Mataqali Serau.

A total of $32,600 was issued to the Mataqali Serau and this amount will be equitably shared amongst 67 recipients of the Mataqali as per the Vola-Ni-Kawa-Bula (VKB) records. Each member of Mataqali Serau received approximately $488.

“The Mataqali Serau Mineral Royalty Fair Share Pay-out was derived from the export of bauxite which is mined from the mataqali land within the Naibulu Bauxite mining lease,” Hon. Minister highlighted.

Mataqali Serau is the Landowning Unit for the iTaukei land portion of Xinfa Aurum Exploration’s Naibulu bauxite mining lease, which consists of two land tenure- iTaukei and State land. Hon. Minister added that this pay-out was made possible through the Fair Share of Mineral Royalties Act which was enacted under the Bainimarama Government in May of 2018.

Hon. Minister completed his day 3 - Northern Division tour by paying visit to Volivoli Primary School and Sese village.

The geological Team from the Mineral Resource Department are currently working on the groundwater project. The Volivoli Primary School and Sese Village are benefiting from this project. The project is in the finishing stage.

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