March 4, 2016
The three Members of the National Federation Party who are part of the parliamentary opposition will contribute a total of thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000.00) from their annual salaries towards relief and rehabilitation work being carried out following the devastation caused by severe tropical cyclone Winston.
Two MPs will have ten percent of their salaries deducted while the Party Leader has authorised fifty percent of his annual salary to be deducted. This would bring the total contribution to $35,000.00.
The NFP supports the decision of SODELPA parliamentary colleagues in Opposition to contribute ten percent of their annual salaries, totalling $77,000, towards relief work.
The three NFP MPs have written to the Secretary-General to Parliament authorising the deduction of their salaries.
The deductions will be from 15th March 2016 to 15th March 2017.
All three MPs have visited the cyclone ravaged areas in Viti Levu in the past two weeks and agree that the contribution of part of their salaries is the least they can do as part of their on-going efforts along with hundreds of Good Samaritans, donor agencies, the international community and Government to carry out relief, rehabilitation and humanitarian work following the devastation caused by the worst ever natural disaster to hit Fiji.
The Secretary-General will be informed in the 7 days as to how to disburse the funds following the MPs providing the names of organisations and bank accounts of those directly involved in relief and rehabilitation work.