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Abuse Closes Postal Agencies

Some postal agencies in the Lomaiviti Group have been closed because of abuse of office and thefts by local agents who are agency officers. This was revealed during the Lomaiviti
17 Jul 2015 12:02
Abuse Closes Postal Agencies
From left: Lomaiviti Provincial Council chairman Atunaisa Kaloumaira, with delegates Isimeli Qaranivalu and Roko Takala Peni Boila during a break at the council meeting yesterday. Photo: Manhar Lal

Some postal agencies in the Lomaiviti Group have been closed because of abuse of office and thefts by local agents who are agency officers.

This was revealed during the Lomaiviti Provincial Council meeting at Levuka, Ovalau, yesterday.

Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu from Levuka said: “Local agents abuse money in some postal agencies in the Lomaiviti Province and this led to their closure.”

He said similar problems were experienced in agencies in Lau, Vanua Levu and Yasawa.

“Most of the agents would be facing court action.”

The closure of postal agencies in rural and maritime islands, he said, affected civil servants from receiving their salaries and islanders from withdrawing Telegram Money Order (TMO).

Mr Moroivalu said the proposal of the council was to have a Post Office on an island and managed by a Post Master from Post Fiji.

“Locals should not be involved,” Mr Moroivalu said.

Meanwhile, the chiefs attended their Bose Vanua on the first day of the meeting while a talanoa session was also chaired by the Permanent Secretary of iTaukei Affairs, Savenaca Kaunisela.

The council meeting ended yesterday.

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