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Don’t Worry, You’re In Good Hands, Koya Tells Villagers

Don’t Worry, You’re In Good Hands, Koya Tells Villagers
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya with Votua Village headman, Simione Navara in Ba distributing boxes of clothes and bottled water on May 5, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
May 06
11:59 2018

Acting Prime Minister, Faiyaz Koya has reas­sured villagers of Vo­tua in Ba that Government is managing the country well and that they have nothing to worry about.

The issue came up during a ta­lanoa session at the village hall where questions were raised on Government finances.

The village consisted of 180 households with a population of more than 800 people.

Mr Koya, who is also the Minis­ter for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, was at the village with a team of more than 30 officials from both ministries to distribute 185 cartons of clothing, bedding and bottled water to families affected by the recent cyclone.

“Don’t listen to what people are putting up on social media about Government finances. We are handling things properly, that’s why people pay taxes and that is your money which is used to finance all the help given to you,” he added.

Mr Koya said Fiji had expe­rienced economic growth for the last eight consecutive years which was a good sign.

“Our revenue collection over the past years has improved. We have made economic growth. All these things posted on social me­dia are nonsense and don’t waste time on it.”

He said they were not wasting any resources. They had been managing them well and had achieved far more economic growth than some bigger econo­mies.

Village headman, 48-year-old Si­mione Navara thanked Govern­ment for its assistance.

“Government started help­ing us just a few days after the cyclone and we want to thank them for their quick response,” he said.

Mine visit

Meanwhile, Mr Koya yesterday visited the Vatukoula Gold Mine Ltd in the wake of the death of miner Avinesh Ram. The late Mr Ram was buried in Tavua yester­day.

Mr Koya said the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources was conducting investigations.

“I will make further comments once investigations are com­plete.”

Don’t listen to what people are putting up on social media about Government finances. We are handling things properly.

Faiyaz Koya

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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