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Health, Crime, Infrastructure Top Namosi Talks on Day One

Anumber of pressing issues affecting the people of Namosi were heard yesterday as the Namosi Provincial Council meeting began. These include health, crime and the needed infrastructure developments in the
19 Oct 2016 11:15
Health, Crime, Infrastructure  Top Namosi Talks on Day One
From left: Roko Tui Namosi Ratu Waisake Tuisese, Chairperson Ratu Romanu Matanitobua,Commissioner Central Setareki Tale during the Namosi Provincal Meeting yesterday.Photo:Selita Bolanavanua

Anumber of pressing issues affecting the people of Namosi were heard yesterday as the Namosi Provincial Council meeting began.

These include health, crime and the needed infrastructure developments in the province of Nausori.

More than 50 people including chiefs and district leaders were present. The meeting was opened yesterday by Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

Crime

At the meeting the leaders of Namosi were proposed to highlight the importance of maintaining traditional customs and respect that were in place in villages.

The proposal was put forward during the meeting at the Nakavika Primary School, Namosi, in response to the high crime rate recorded in the province.

Crime rate was one of the many issues discussed among the leaders.

The delegates heard that two districts in Namosi were crime free while the other three have recorded a number of cases, as per the Fiji Police Force reports.

These cases involved juveniles, traffic cases like dangerous driving causing death, and family cases like maintenance, divorce, etc.

Teenage pregnancy and women and child abuse was also highlighted at the meeting.

Judiciary

Also at the meeting the Navua Court staff members made some recommendations that would help decrease the crime rate in the province. This includes putting a judicial staff base at the Dada Station near Nakavika Village to provide the required services.

This would also resolve transport issues where the Namosi villagers would have to travel to Navua. They also suggested continuing their partnership with stakeholders in conducting awareness on judicial matters.

Infrastructure

The Roko Tui Namosi, Ratu Waisake Tuisese, talked about road infrastructure in the province.

He said roads in the province were in serious need of upgrading.

They have had problems with transportation, he said and this would cost at least $2 million to upgrade.

“The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is looking into the matter,” he said.

Health

The Ministry of Health has requested that they take ownership of the Naqarawai Health Centre.

For the past years, the District of Naqarawai had an agreement with Government that they take ownership of the health centre while Government provided them the necessities like nurses and medication.

Mr Tuisese said the province would look into that matter.

After the discussions yesterday Mr Tuisese sais he was pleased with the turnout. The meeting ends today.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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