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PM Asks FNPF To Aid Flood Victims

PM Asks FNPF To Aid Flood Victims
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (middle) with villagers of Nasolo in Ba, on April 2, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
April 03
12:06 2018

News of comfort is coming for those who were seriously affected by the flooding in the Western Division on Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainima­rama assured communities in Ba that he has asked the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) officials to look at avenues of assisting those affected.

Those seriously affected are main­ly from Rakiraki down to Nadi and were subjected to damage by heavy flooding brought on by heavy rain­fall associated with Tropical Cy­clone Josie..

“I have advised the FNPF officials to pass out some money to those af­fected by it (the floods).

“Villagers and settlements which were covered by the flood, and have nothing left, they need funds to buy things such as clothes and school books,”,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The PM was visibly concerned when he visited various communi­ties in Ba including Yalalevu, Vatu­laulau, Nasolo, Moto, and Namosau and Xavier College.

“Ba is very badly affected by the flood. A lot of assistance has to come this way in terms of infra­structure, roads, power and water,” he said.

Last night, the FNPF released a statement. The fund’s chief execu­tive officer Jaoji Koroi said: “The Fiji National Provident Fund will consider assisting members whose properties have been affected by the recent flooding in the Western Division under the Natural Disas­ter Withdrawal Scheme.’’

The statement released by the Fiji National Provident Fund last night.

The statement released by the Fiji National Provident Fund last night.

Mr Koroi said that under the FNPF Act 2011, the fund can acti­vate the natural disaster assistance for members once a state of natural disaster is declared.

“The details of the assistance will be confirmed over the next few days and the fund would work closely with government on this matter,” Mr Koroi said

“Whilst the Fund encourages its members to save for retirement, it has a social responsibility in ensur­ing that its members’ social needs are met especially in times of natu­ral disasters,” he said.

The fund also extends its sympa­thies and condolences to all those who have suffered from the floods.

A detailed media statement on this matter will be issued in the next few days.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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