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People Singing Bainimarama Praise For Rebuilding Assistance

Many people sang praises to the Bainimarama Government for the Help for Homes programme. The praise has come from all over the country. Amid the hype and excitement is a
07 May 2016 10:31
People Singing Bainimarama Praise For Rebuilding Assistance
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Many people sang praises to the Bainimarama Government for the Help for Homes programme.

The praise has come from all over the country.

Amid the hype and excitement is a reminder from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama about giving of false information to access funding.

Parliament has enacted the False Information Act 2016 last week. The Act is designed to deter people from filing false information under the Help for Homes scheme.

The Act stipulates that anyone caught and found guilty of supplying false information is liable for up to 10 years in prison or $20,000 fine.

People who plan to illegally access funds when they are not eligible are likely to be found out. The Government has done everything it can to ensure that people who genuinely require financial assistance get it. There are checks and balances to ensure that information supplied is filtered and verified.

People need to know that it does not pay to give false information. They are depriving those who genuinely need help financial assistance.

It had been envisaged that some people would still try to access funding illegally. It was the reason behind the drafting of the Act.

It is a sad indictment of our moral standards in a culture of dishonesty.

Many who joined the long queues around the country at registration centres yesterday are genuine people  needing the money badly to repair or rebuild their homes.

Let’s support Government’s efforts to reach out to those who urgently need help to rebuild.

 

Adopt a Village

First, we had Adopt a School. Now it’s Adopt a Village. It’s a simple and brilliant concept that has taken a life of its own.

Two villages, one in Ovalau and one in Ra, will be the first beneficiaries of the Adopt a Village scheme.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama must be commended for leading from the front in ideas and action.

The adoption idea came from an informal discussion with close friends. He was also impressed with the work of a US group of Fijians who came to rebuild a temple and other homes in the area.

Yesterday he was personally helping the elderly and women who needed help at the Brown Street registration centre in Suva for the Help for Homes programme.

No wonder the people were singing his praise yesterday.

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