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Rural Jobs In party Plan

September 03
11:16 2014

The One Fiji Party would work towards providing job opportunities to people living in rural and outer islands should it win the September 17 elections.

This was highlighted in their Biodiversity & United Land & Livelihood Authority (BULLA) manifesto that was launched at Nevus hall, Naitasiri, on Monday night.

Party leader Filimoni Vosarogo said more than 50 per cent of the country’s citizens lived in rural and outer island communities and were custodians of our marine, natural resources and fertile agricultural lands but remained poor.

“Lack of sustainable sources of income drives people to search for paid employment contributing to the rural-urban drift phenomenon and its associated social challenges,” Mr Vosarogo said.

“Women carry a disproportionate share of the burden of survival, and children lack opportunities for full expression of their talents and abilities.”

He said that the party would achieve the first goal in the Millennium Development Goals which was to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2020.

This, they said was unlikely to be attained with the current trend of increased poverty from around 25 per cent in 1990 to close to 40 per cent in 2008 as stated in the MDG, 2nd Report, 1990 to 2008.

“Create business and employment opportunities to reverse rural-urban drift which contributes to the problematic growing squatter population which has implications for urban resource management, posing further threats to the environment,” he said.

“Establish by law the Biodiversity & United Land & Livelihood Authority (BULLA) as a statutory organization to pursue eight action points to accelerate and sustain the achievements of the MDGs over the next five years.”

Mr Vosarogo said they would also support country level development, foster inclusive economic growth and improve opportunities for women and girls.

“One Fiji will continue to target investments in health and education, in clean water and sanitation, Scale up social protection and employment programmers, expand access to energy and promote low carbon development, improve domestic resource mobilization and provide development assistance and improve the predictability of aid effectiveness,” he said.

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