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Nadroga/Navosa Chiefs Support Village Bylaw

Chiefs in the Nadroga/Navosa Province have welcomed the draft Village Bylaw. The draft was handed out to them at the provincial council meeting at Nasigatoka Village in Nadroga yesterday. Vunisalevu
18 Nov 2016 11:00
Nadroga/Navosa Chiefs Support Village Bylaw
Naipote Katonitabua

Chiefs in the Nadroga/Navosa Province have welcomed the draft Village Bylaw.

The draft was handed out to them at the provincial council meeting at Nasigatoka Village in Nadroga yesterday.

Vunisalevu of Ekubu in Vatulele Ratu Joji Toge said: “This meeting will enlighten us as we start to make the laws governing us iTaukei in our villages.”

“I am very happy about this move of introducing the village Bylaw.

“However, there are few things that needed to be improved.

“Our language, our culture is protected, but they also need laws to govern us. It will be all comforting if the submission is heard from all the villages.”

Permanent Secretary for Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua said: “The backdrop of the village bylaws is because of the situation we are in, but now some problems that we normally have in towns and cities are now happening in the village.”

“The respect that we normally have in the village is not there. In some of our villages, anybody can do whatever they want in the village,” he said.

He said: “We have the leadership and we would like to safeguard that leadership within, if the ministry is not doing anything then who will?

“We are mandated by iTaukei Affairs and we look after the welfare and the wellbeing of the iTaukei.”

Mr Katonitabua added that according to an economic report from iTaukei Affairs Ministry from way back to 2006-2009, leadership was identified as something that needed to be addressed.

He said this was also to empower villagers to maintain unity by respecting the leadership.

Other issues discussed:

Unauthorised visits to villages

Mr Katonitabua said: “We would like to see that there are organised visits, but there are some villages who had agreed to have one-day or two-day site visits.

“We need to sit and talk together to see that the people receive the right message.”

Meanwhile, council members have been advised to take back to their respective villages the bylaws.

“On the 8th of December the iTaukei Affairs will be happy to receive their submission from Tikina and village chiefs.”

The meeting ends today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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