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New Council Chair Highlights Island Challenges

Transport and communication were the key issues brought up by the tikina representatives. They wanted more frequent shipping services and hoping that the Government would look into improving shipping services for the island.
26 Nov 2020 11:07
New Council Chair Highlights Island Challenges
Lau Provincial Council members during the annual council meeting at Studio 6 in Suva on November 25, 2020. Ronald Kumar

Newly appointed chairman of the Lau Provincial Council Viliame Gucake says a big challenge for the council is finding out how they can contribute to the nation’s economic development.

Mr Gucake was appointed as chairman yesterday. The Lau Provincial Council meeting started at Studio 6 in Suva

Mr Gucake said statistics provided to them showed that 80,000 Lauans lived on Viti Levu compared to the 12,000 living on the islands.

“Lau as most people know do not have the land resources and therefore we cannot be contributors in agriculture or in other land resourced-based developments,” he said.

“However, our focus is on education and being able to provide a skilled workforce.”

Mr Gucake pointed out that remittance from Viti Levu aided many families on the islands.

He said development was needed to improve the standard of living on the islands and investment into infrastructure was very important.

He said if this was not looked at, more and more people would leave the islands.

Mr Gucake said the respect for traditional chiefly titles was slowly eroding as well. He said this is something the Lau Provincial Council must to look at.

“This is a very important aspect of growth. This needs to be addressed as well as development on the island,” he said.

Transport and communication were the key issues brought up by the tikina representatives. They wanted more frequent shipping services and hoping that the Government would look into improving shipping services for the island.

Communication which included internet service and coverage was also highlighted.

Mr Gucake said telecommunication providers would brief the council on the future projects which would deal with the issues.

The meeting continues today with chairperson of the Lau Provincial Council Asset Committee Adi Koila Nailatikau to present a report on the operations and profitability of the commercial aim of the council.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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