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4 New Divisional Commissioners Appointed

4 New Divisional Commissioners  Appointed
From Left Meleti Bainimarama, Manasa Tagicakibau, Jovesa Vocea and Luke Moroivalu
December 31
08:14 2014

Four new divisional commissioners were announced yesterday by the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Filipe Alifereti.

The four new commissioners are:

– Manasa Tagicakibau, the Director of National Disaster Management as the Divisional Commissioner – Western;

– Luke Moroivalu, the acting Commissioner Western as the Divisional Commissioner – Eastern;

– Meleti Bainimarama, the acting Deputy Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister as the Divisional Commissioner – Central;

– Jovesa Vocea, the First Secretary, Fiji’s Embassy in Japan as the Divisional Commissioner – Northern.

Mr Moroivalu said he was happy with the appointment and was ready to serve the Eastern Division.

He said the division was not new to him as he was the development planning officer (DPO) for the divison for three years.

The division, he said, had a lot of potential in agriculture and fisheries. He says one of the problems faced by the Eastern Divison is transportation and this affects developments in the outer islands.

One of the first things he will do is to work with shipowners on how to improve transportation to these maritime areas. Some of the rich people in Fiji, he said, made use of the islands’ resources like fish, yaqona, coconuts, dalo, etc.

He said he would work closely with the people to make good use the resources as the Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) had been established by the Government to be the people’s market.

“Now they don’t have to search for a market as the AMA is already there for them,” he said.

Mr Tagicakibau says the Western Division is a vast area but he is ready to work with the people in the area.

He said the past commissioners had done a lot in the division and he would carry on from where they had left.

At the same time, Mr Tagicakibau said he would work on a development plan in line with the current government’s policies.

The Divisional Commissioner – Central, Meleti Bainivalu, said he was excited with his new appointment.

He said he would be working in a populated division and while there would be challenges, he was ready for them.

“The developments to be carried out in the Central Division will be in line with the FijiFirst manifesto and Government policies,” he said.

He said he would also work within the allocated budget for the division.

Mr Alifereti said the appointment of the divisional commissioners was important to accelerate growth in rural and remote areas and in meeting the demands of its people.

“The new appointees bring with them a wealth of experience and professionalism as they have served in various areas of rural development,” Mr Alifereti said.

The appointment of the commissioners is effective from December 24, 2014, however, Mr Vocea will take up his appointment from July 2015. Alipate Bolalevu, the Divisional Planning Officer –Northern, will continue to act as Divisional Commissioner – Northern.




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