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Village Headman Urges Partnership With Govt

Cikobia Village headman Ledua Sele has encouraged the villagers to work with the Government by using state assistance it was provided wisely and take the initiative to use their own
14 Mar 2016 13:42
Village Headman Urges Partnership With Govt
Cikobia Village headman Ledua Sele at his village in the Lau Group. Photo: DEPTFO News

Cikobia Village headman Ledua Sele has encouraged the villagers to work with the Government by using state assistance it was provided wisely and take the initiative to use their own resources to restore their livelihoods.

“We must continue to work, clean up, repair, move on, and work with Government as assistance pours in,” says Sele, the village headman of cyclone-stricken Cikobia Village in Lau.

Mr Sele, who heads a population of 64, made the comment as a team of Fijian and New Zealand government officials visited the island last week.

“I have encouraged the villagers to begin cleaning up and start repairs to their homes.”

“We also prioritised the cleaning and repairs of toilets knowing that proper sanitation is important in times like these.

“As you can also see, we have put up tarpaulins that were given and people have moved from the evacuation centre to the temporary shelters.”

Mr. Sele also conveyed his appreciation to the Fijian Government and international donors on behalf of the people of Cikobia.

“I am happy about the big assistance that has come from various Fijian Government agencies and also the New Zealand, Australian, and Tongan Governments”.

“The Red Cross has also been very helpful and I thank all Government officials”.

Cikobia is home to 38 adults and 26 children.

 

 

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