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Best Easter Gift For Carpenter

Best Easter Gift For Carpenter
Erami Bose Kuruvoli, wife Liviana Lauwai and grandson Lorima Talili, with their 99-year land lease approval notice on April 13, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
April 14
10:38 2017

Erami Bose Kuruvoli said yesterday he received his best Easter gift.

The 51-year-old carpenter of Naulu, Nakasi, near Nausori, was handed his 99-year-lease approval notice of a piece of land he had been squatting on for 18 years.

“This is a momentous day we will always remember,” Mr Kuruvoli said.

Mr Kuruvoli’s family was among 21 families who received lease documents from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Nakasi.

He, like others, had lived in fear of an uncertain future. He admitted that they were afraid that one day they might be asked to vacate the land.

But the lease documents had come as the perfect Easter present.

He said it was a blessing during this religious weekend when Christians commemorated the death on the Cross and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

He said just as Jesus Christ brought hope to mankind by atoning for our sins and overcoming death, the lease documents had given them a renewed hope for the future.

With tears in his eyes, Mr Kuruvoli said:

“This is not only an Easter blessing from God for me but for the rest of the 20 families who have also received their leases. We have had many sleepless nights.

“This long Easter weekend will always be remembered because this is the day we finally can call this land ours,” he said.

Another Naulu resident, Shanti Singh, said even though they had lived in the area for 40 years, they were still worried about their children’s future.

“It was an agriculture land and we used to receive comments from other people telling us it is not our land and we can’t do anything on it. We were insecure but today I am touched because the Government has given us a chance to live a better life,” Mrs Singh said.

Of the 21 families, 17 are from Naulu in Nakasi, and four from Velau in Kinoya.

To date, there have been 217 families who received their leases with 72 from the Western Division, 77 from the Northern Division and 68 from the Central Division.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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