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35 Families Welcome Govt Decision

35 Families Welcome Govt Decision
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left) and Minister of Local Government, Housing, Transport and Environment Parveen Bala and Government MP Balmindra Signh assisting the residents of Naqilaso Settlement, Davuilevu, Parliament yesterday. PHOTO: Vilimoni Vanagalau
March 21
11:00 2017

Thirty-five families of Naqilaso Settlement in the Davuilevu Housing area have welcomed Government’s decision to look for a vacant land for the residents after they were threatened with eviction.

This comes after committee members of the settlement lined up at Parliament yesterday, requesting an audience with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama about their need.

Committee president Kajol Sen said she later met Minister for Lands Faiyaz Koya who confirmed that Government would look for land for the residents.

“I acknowledge the minister for meeting us and allowing us to voice our concerns, he (Mr Koya) has said they would make some arrangements and within one and half months they would look for a land,” Ms Sen said.

She said the residents purchased land from a landowner for around $800- $1000 and they have been living on the land for more than 15 – 18 years.

“It was last April that we received a court order from a company who has bought the land, this land which we originally bought from a landowner who originally bought it from a church body. Last week Saturday we received another letter of eviction, to vacate the land within 28 days.”

Ms Sen said the committee reached out to Government urging the PM to look into the matter.

“We are very concerned about where we will go, we have used all our income in building our homes in this settlement and it is sad that we must move.

“There are young children and elderly citizens living in this settlement and I acknowledge Government for looking into this matter, I trust Government is looking into this,” she said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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