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Two New Units Set Up

Two new units have been established in the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs in a decision made by the iTaukei Affairs Board. “At the last board meeting it was approved
12 Dec 2014 11:38
Two New Units Set Up
Represenatatives from the various provinces during a workshop for Roko Tui in Nadave, Bau yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Two new units have been established in the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs in a decision made by the iTaukei Affairs Board.

“At the last board meeting it was approved that we set up a Conservation Unit and a Commercial Unit,” deputy secretary Apakuki Kurusiga said.

This week a workshop had been organised for the Roko Tui of all the provinces at the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Development (CATD) Institute at Nadave, Bau, Tailevu, to familiarise themselves with the changes to apply from next year.

Mr Kurusiga said – “This workshop is organised on a quarterly basis.  This is to prepare the Roko Tui on what to put down in the 2015 Business Plan.”

He said they were also looking at all the developments carried out in the last three years and which activities should be included in the next five years – Strategic Plan.

On the Conservation Unit, he said this would require a conservation officer for each of the 14 provinces.

Mr Kurusiga said these conservation officers would provide consultation to the provincial councils on how to prepare for climate change and disasters.

He said there was a great need for people back in the village to know the impacts of climate change and be prepared for it.

Right now, he said they were doing a vulnerable assessment on climate change and natural disasters and hopefully by next year they would have the data for all the provinces.

He said they would be closely working with other stakeholders in advisory roles to tell them of what to do in regards to climate change and natural disaster.

Right now they have nine conservation officers with one based at the ministry headquarters and the other eight in provincial council offices.

For this year he said they would have to fill another six posts.

He said the Commercial Unit officer will go out to villages and help them engage in commercial activities, using whatever they had.

It is similar to the former Business Opportunity and Management. Advisory Services (BOMAS) but this unit will be closely monitored for participants to be successful.

Officers he said would go out to villagers and listen to what they have and a decision would be made on what to be engaged in.

He said the ministry would like to involve the youths so that they are distracted from planting marijuana.

It is part of the objective of the Commercial Unit to eradicate marijuana planting.

He said two weeks ago a workshop was organised for youths in Nadroga to teach them their roles and responsibilities in the village setting.

It is the belief of the ministry that when youths know of their roles and responsibilities it will help them fight against drug abuse and would help them be law-abiding.

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