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No Colour Coding Policy: Katonitabua

No Colour Coding Policy: Katonitabua
Itaueki Affairs Permanent Secretary Naipote Katonitabua making his statement at a press conference. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
September 15
12:34 2017

The proposed colour coding for villages has been scrapped.

Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua said at a press conference yesterday: “With effective and efficient participation of the iTaukei in the nation’s peace, progress and prosperity sentiments, the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs and iTaukei Affairs Board would like to reiterate that it does not have any policy with regards to village colour coding.”

He said this issue had been raised by deputy chief executive officer Apakuki Kurusiga in his opening remarks at the recent Serua Provincial Council meeting.

“The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and iTaukei Affairs Board would like to maintain that no such policy exists,” he said.

However, he confirmed that there was discussion amongst the senior executives to come up with some internal management and monitoring tool to gauge the provincial office, in fact the Roko Tui’s performance in their respective provincial council office.

He said there was  none introduced or developed whatsoever on village colour coding policy for development purposes.

“It was merely an internal management tool for senior executives to verify and monitor the performance of all the Roko Tuis in delivering their core objectives and service delivery deliverables within the areas of operation.”

He said he visited Mr Kurusiga on Wednesday and told him he would be clarifying the ministry’s stand on colour coding.

Meanwhile, Mr Katonitabua said the ministry of iTaukei Affairs alongside the iTaukei Affairs Board (TAB) had introduced the five pillars of operations to the provincial council meetings in the beginning of the 2017 financial year. It  would continue for the remaining five years until 2021.

“These five thematic areas are – good governance, well-being of the iTaukei community, economic empowerment, conservation and climate change, and vanua and traditional leadership.”

The ministry’s vision he said focused on – “Prosperous Vanua for a Better Fiji” and the iTaukei Affairs Boards (TAB) vision work towards “effective and efficient participation of the iTaukei in nation’s peace, progress.”

Mr Katonitabua said he would be calling press conferences to clarify issues within the ministry as the nation prepared for the 2018 election.

He said there  had been a lot of lies published in the newspaper and those in villages interpreted the news as the truth.

Issues in the ministry he said should not be politicised but should be relayed correctly to the people.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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