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Taking politics out of land

Past governments and certain politicians have used land as a political tool to win the votes of the iTaukei people. When the Prime Minister Commodore –led Government came into power
29 Oct 2012 12:58

Past governments and certain politicians have used land as a political tool to win the votes of the iTaukei people.
When the Prime Minister Commodore –led Government came into power and introduced reforms, some critics had gone around telling the iTaukei landowners that their landownership is under threat.
That is dangerous nonsense.
Opening the Digicel Adi Salusalu Festival at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on Saturday Commodore Bainimarama said there were major changes taking place in Government to help serve the needs of Fijians.
He added that while it was clear that the land of iTaukei people would remain theirs, the next Constitution would prevent the use of land issues for political gain.
“When I announced the Government’s Strategic Framework for Change in 2009, I said what I will repeat today; that the landownership system will remain as it is and native title of lands will not be converted to any other form of ownership,” the Prime Minister said.
So for the iTaukei people this reassurance by the Prime Minister should clear the uncertainties created by those trouble-making critics about landownership.
The lands which are under the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) are well protected.
For other Fijians to benefit from the iTaukei lands, the TLTB provides leases for agriculture, housing, tourism, education, health services and industry. This plays a major role in growing our economy. And that development benefits not only the iTaukei, but every Fijian.
Government wants more land to be made available for productive use.
And it will work with the iTaukei landowners to ensure that they get a fair return on their land when they lease it. It will also make sure that the distribution of the lease monies is carried out on an equitable basis so that all iTaukei benefit, not just a select few.
And still in support for the iTaukei landowners to get more money from their leased lands, the Prime Minister at the annual TLTB Strategic Corporate Planning Workshop announced that the administrative fees charged by TLTB will be reduced. This will mean more lease money in the hands of all landowners.
Landownership is safe and the iTaukei people should free their lands for lease. That will benefit them and the nation.




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