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Corerega Is Roko Tui Naitasiri

Providing better services to villages his main priority. Newly-installed Roko Tui Naitasiri Ifereimi Corerega says his main goal is to ensure that better services are provided to individual villages within
02 Aug 2016 09:50
Corerega Is Roko Tui Naitasiri
Roko Tui Naitasiri Ifereimi Corerega is congratulated by Apakuki Kurusiga of the iTaukei Affairs Board at yesterday’s ceremony. Photo: iTaukei Affairs Board

Providing better services to villages his main priority.

Newly-installed Roko Tui Naitasiri Ifereimi Corerega says his main goal is to ensure that better services are provided to individual villages within the province.

Mr Corerega was yesterday installed and confirmed to the title of Roko Tui Naitasiri by the iTaukei Affairs Board at Vunidawa in Naitasiri.

“I thank the Prime Minister, the iTaukei ministry, the iTaukei Affairs Board and the Naitasiri Provincial Council for entrusting me with this role,” he said.

“I also thank the Council for being here today and district reps to witness my confirmation as your Roko Tui.”

Mr Corerega said his plans, which would be in line with the plans of the iTaukei ministry, were to ensure the needs of people within Naitasiri were heard and met.

“We will also improve the services and plans within the Naitasiri Provincial Council to improve collaboration between the council and Government officials in the province,” he said.

Prior to his appointment as Roko Tui Naitasiri, Mr Corerega worked in the health sector as an environmental consultant for over 14 years.

One of his official duties as the Roko Tui Naitasiri would be at the Naitasiri Provincial Council meeting this Thursday and Friday.

iTaukei Affairs Board deputy chief executive officer Apakuki Kurusiga said the process of confirmation and instalment of  Roko Tui were done in all the 14 provinces when a new person is appointed.

“Today’s (yesterday) occasion is to basically remind the Roko Tui here that his role is important. That means he will be there for the people including the non-iTaukei as part of Government’s inclusivity policy,” Mr Kurusiga said.

“This process was done way back in the 1950s and then we brought it back to remind the people going into the post that this is an important post.

Mr Kurusiga said the role of the Roko Tui was to advise what the Government wanted and disseminated it down right to the villages.

“He will see that policy or that structure goes right down to the village. That is really our next direction starting from today is to focus on the villages,” he said.

The Board will install the Roko Tui Serua today.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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