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Village By-laws To Regulate Activities

Village by-laws that will be circulated today will regulate all village activities. The Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua made the announcement during the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting in
27 Oct 2016 11:07
Village By-laws To Regulate Activities
Some members of the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting in Nausori yesterday. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

Village by-laws that will be circulated today will regulate all village activities.

The Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua made the announcement during the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting in Nausori yesterday.

Mr Katonitabua said there were 20 subtitles of the village by-laws and would include a dress code and attending a village meeting.

“The basic one there is: when you come into the village, you have to respect the village by-law,” Mr Katonitabua said.

“We have our own freedom. But when you enter the village there are values that they would like to protect or maintain e.g., noises in village, costumes you need to wear in the village, the activities in the village like if there is a village meeting (Bose-va-koro) everyone should be there irrespective of your church you belong to or whether you are a visitor.

“You should be there in the meeting.  It will not be a standard village bylaw, each village will have their own interest and focus, which customs they would like to protect or safe guard. These will be guidelines.”

He said that all village headmen were expected to receive their copy by the end of November.

He said they would hold consultations, beginning next month, and it would take eight months to cover the whole of Fiji. The consultations would discuss the content of the village by-laws.

The by-laws will clarify issues on village rules.

Not long ago, two women were severely reprimanded by a village elder for wearing shorts.

The unwritten rule in that village was that women were not allowed to wear trousers (long pants or shorts) or dresses above the knee.

It was part of the dress code observed in the village. The incident caused a controversy.

Methodist Church

The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs says the Methodist Church of Fiji is one of the main stakeholders in its bid to improve the well-being for the iTaukei.

It said that was why it had engaged the services of the church’s deputy secretary, Reverend Ili Vunisuwai.

Mr Katonitabua said: “For a prosperous Fiji, we need to engage in smart partnerships with key stake holders that associate with the vanua.

“When we talk about the vanua, we look at the main stakeholders in the vanua who can influence decisions.”

Reverend Vunisuwai also counseled council delegates on prudent financial management.

“We have a lot of natural resources that we need to utilise so we can pass the wealth to our children and grandchildren,” he said.

He said that it was very important for iTaukeis to think of how to solve their own problems.

“You don’t have to be dependent on other people for everything. Use your head, you have to think and think harder for the solutions to your problems. Saving wealth is very important,” he added.

 

Education

The Ministry of Education is now focusing mainly on building Bau Central College. This project is under the Educationally Disadvantage Area (EDA) programme which will cost around $5.6 million.

 

Projects of the Province

Three of the major Disaster Risk Reduction projects the provincial are working on are:

Nabitu River Protection which will cost $218,000

Kumi seawall which will cost $432,000

Naivakacau salt water intrusion that will cost $260,000.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

 

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