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Village Headmen Attend Meeting

Village Headmen Attend Meeting
Village headmen of Macuata Province with staff members of the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and Roko Tui Macuata Vilai Basalusalu (fifth from left-sitting) at Kshatriya Hall in Labasa on May 8, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu
May 09
11:05 2018

Mr Basalusalu said they want to help the village headmen so they are not left behind

Forty village headmen of the Macuata Province yester­day were informed about their role and how to plan and manage development through a two-day meeting organised by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs in Labasa.

Another forty headmen would be present today at the Kshatriya Hall.

Roko Tui Macuata Vilai Ba­salusalu said it was important that village headmen understood their role regarding development and know how to work with the Government and their people.

“Government is providing vari­ous kinds of assistance and ser­vice but unfortunately many of the village headmen are unaware about it,” Mr Basalusalu said.

“We want to help them so they are not left behind.

We are trying to influence them to work with their community to improve their livelihood and teach them how best they can use their resources.”

“All villages in Macuata are blessed with natural resources but many don’t know how to use or manage it,” he added.

“Through this meeting, we hope to hear from them and see how best we can assist them.”w

Orisi Vuki, village headmen of Daku and Ligau on Kia Island said he was delighted to be part of the meeting.

“I look after two villages and sometimes when I plan to do some kind of development I can­not because I don’t know where to get help from,” 30-year-old Mr Vuki said.

“Now through this meeting, I am informed how effectively I can access Government services and guide my people to work together to improve our living standard.”

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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