NATION

Landowners urged to wake up

Landowners have been urged to ‘wake up’ and have their idle land developed for the betterment of the members of their clans. The call came from two landowners who were
01 Jun 2016 10:54
Landowners urged to wake up
Development site in Wairabetia. Pictured with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum are (right to left) Scope Pacific Limited Civil Engineer and Director Sanjesh Deo, Lawaki landowner Panapasa Namoko, Viseisei landowner Alipate Tavai and Scope staff. Photo: Charles Chambers.

Landowners have been urged to ‘wake up’ and have their idle land developed for the betterment of the members of their clans.

The call came from two landowners who were part of the first recipients of Government’s initiative towards helping development of iTaukei land.

Alipate Tavai, a landowner from the tokatoka Nakelo in Viseisei Village near Lautoka said once the lots were developed, his tokatoka would receive 10 per cent of the sale value for each lot.

“My development would see eight residential lots and the land is on the hill with full view of the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Nadi International Airport, Denarau, the Mamanuca group and Yasawa,” Mr Tavai said.

“So when the lots are developed and if I sell one lot for $100,000, as an example, $10,000 goes to the tokatoka and with the eight lots that means $80,000 altogether.

“We need to wake up and grab the initiative given out by Government.

“Before we did not have capital to develop the land and sell the lots so we just gave the land on an ‘as is where is’ and got little out of it.

“Now Government is developing the land for us and we sell the lots once it is done.”

Government had set aside $10 million in their Budget for this specific purpose with the first four development projects getting the green light last week.

The four development projects were in Saweni, for the chiefly tokatoka of Navitorutaru of Lawaki Village, Wairabetia for the tokatoka Korovatu, also of Lawaki Village, in Vuda for the tokatoka Nakelo of Viseisei Village and in Yadua, Sigatoka.

The development would have subdivided lots which were a quarter of an acre in size for most of the development and each lot would be issued a 99 year lease.

For Saweni, there would be 33 residential lots, Wairabeti 16, Vuda 8 and Yadua 13.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: