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Youths Provide Goods, Services In Yalobi

The youths of Yalobi village in Yasawa have started a business with a view of providing goods and services to the people of Waya Island. The Minister for Youth and
15 Sep 2016 07:59
Youths Provide Goods, Services In Yalobi
Youths and villagers of Yalobi pose with Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou [with garland] in Yalobi, Yasawa last Friday. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports

The youths of Yalobi village in Yasawa have started a business with a view of providing goods and services to the people of Waya Island.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, on Thursday last week visited the island and formally handed over a canteen project to the Vatunareba Youth Club as part of the Ministry’s initiative to support income generating projects among the youth across the country.

“Such initiatives by the young people must be recognised and assisted,” said Minister Tuitubou.

“This canteen project will directly meet the needs of Yalobi villagers by bringing the goods and services that are far away in Lautoka right to their doorstep.”

Minister Tuitubou, while handing over the canteen, told the youths that “you are also contributing towards the economic growth of your community and our nation.”

“Government recognises the need to stimulate growth of micro-enterprises in rural and peri-urban areas as they contribute to the overall economic development of our nation,” said Mr Tuitubou.

He added that youth are effective agents of economic growth and Government, through the Youth and Sports Ministry, will provide assistance to youth clubs assessed as having developed sufficiently to grow further and thus to stimulate the economy in the village.

Misilame Naqitawa of Vatunareba Youth Club said: “This project brings great relief to the villagers of Yalobi.

“We are grateful to the Ministry for assisting us and this will definitely launch other income generating projects planned by the youth,” said Naqitawa.

He added that the Minister’s presence at the formal handover had really created a sense of citizenry amongst young people in the village.

“Since we are far from Suva, we are really grateful and honoured by the Minister’s visit today,” said Naqitawa.

“The youths have pledged to ensure that this project benefits everyone and that it will serve its purpose in the community.”

Source: Ministry of Youth and Sports

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