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Goodwill To Squatters Chance Of A Lifetime

Better times are coming. For hundreds of people who lived as squatters in Nanuku and Veidogo settlements, Vatuwaqa. They have not owned land. They have not had access to electricity
15 Jul 2016 10:32
Goodwill To Squatters Chance Of A Lifetime
The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, with residents of Nanuku and Veidogo settlements on Tuesday. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Better times are coming. For hundreds of people who lived as squatters in Nanuku and Veidogo settlements, Vatuwaqa.

They have not owned land. They have not had access to electricity and running water.

But, this is all set to change. Kudos to the FijiFirst Government for having the political will and determination to relocate families and give them legal rights over land.

This is in true sense a new lease of life for many Fijians.

This relocation is not just moving hundreds of squatters from one area to the other.

Government and the Bhindi Brothers will be putting in millions of dollars developing land lots in Makoi. The development would mean that individual lots will have land leases and titles. It will mean electricity poles would be erected and every family would have electricity.

It will mean water lines and water metres would be installed.

It is now the responsibility of these Fijians to ensure that they make the most of the opportunity being given to them.

Owning land titles mean that these Fijians could use land as a collateral when applying for loans in banks.

It will break the vicious cycle of loaning money from money lenders at high interest rates. It will mean their children will have security in future, a roof on their heads and land they could call their own.

Right now these squatters do not have any legal rights over the land they live on. They have been living illegally on land owned by someone else. It is the goodwill of landowners Bhindi Brothers and the FijiFirst Government that is ensuring these squatters which is opening up a better life.

It is a golden opportunity for these squatters to break out of the mould and make a difference for the sake of their children.

Government gets two thumbs up for this initiative.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

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