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Passport Services Now Available in Labasa

Passport Services Now Available in Labasa
18-year-old Suliasi Vulea (left), receives his passport from Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Labasa on June 1, 2017. Photo: Josaia Ralago
June 02
17:08 2017

For the first time in Labasa five passports were printed and handed out by the Immigration Department’s northern branch.

An elated Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere said that this would greatly assist members of the community in Vanua Levu who used to travel to Suva for this service.

Among the fortunate five was 18-year-old Bua lad, Suliasi Vulea.

The Nagadoa native said he had sent his passport application last week and was surprised when he was told that he would receive it yesterday.

The aspiring rugby star said he had signed a contract with a rugby club in Melbourne, Australia, with six other boys in his village.

“This will make things easier for the boys and for others who had to sacrifice a lot to travel to Suva to get their passports done.

“We are so thankful to the Government for coming up with this initiative,” Mr Vulea said.

Amrit Prasad (left), receives his passport from the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Labasa on June 1, 2017.  Photo: Josaia Ralago

Amrit Prasad (left), receives his passport from the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Labasa on June 1, 2017. Photo: Josaia Ralago

Another recipient, Binod Kumar, shared similar sentiments saying that this was what he had been praying about most for years, and its arrival was ‘indeed a blessing’.

And while addressing the northern public present at the Ratu Raobe Building carpark in Labasa, the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this was a part of Government’s plan to decentralise services.

“This has been our objective for a number of years now and that is to ensure Government services that were usually based at the capital, are spread throughout Fiji,”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “The main objective is that Fijians do not have to travel long distances to access these services.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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