Ex-SDL MP Seeks Help For His Village

  A  former SDL MP yesterday  appealed to the Government to help his village of Nasigatoka in Nadroga. Mesulame Rakuro said he lost everything after the takeover in 2006. In
02 Apr 2017 11:00
Ex-SDL MP Seeks Help For His Village
Peniasi Vatili gives his submissions to Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum , while retired school teacher Arieta Kunalagi looks on during the budget consultations in Sigatoka yesterday.Photo: Charles Chambers


A  former SDL MP yesterday  appealed to the Government to help his village of Nasigatoka in Nadroga.

Mesulame Rakuro said he lost everything after the takeover in 2006.

In his submission to the Budget Consultation in Sigatoka yesterday, Mr Rakuro said when he was a member of Parliament, he had helped pay the salary of a school teacher and had assisted in other village work.

“There are obstacles when I try to do things and I am asking the Government to provide help for me and those who were victims,” he said.

Mr Rakuro also asked Government to look at the development of an evacuation centre for villages in Sigatoka and the development of roads in the area and close to 400 people who live there.

There was also a call for the dredging of the Cuvu River Government to look at the shortage supply of medicine.

However. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there was no shortage but failure in technology where hospitals could request for medicine from other hospitals that had a lot of supplies.

Retired school teacher Arieta Kunalagi  of Kavanagasau said the $50 allowance for senior citizens and pensioners was too low and described it as “peanuts.” She asked .

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum that the Budget needed to look at an increase for senior citizens. On the allowances for pensioners and senior citizens, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said at present 24,000  people received social welfare.

“If we do an increase for pensioners then we have to do the increase for everyone else but we

will look into it.”

Peniasi Vatili of Nayawa, said the Budget should cater for people who wanted to purchase artificial or prosthetic limbs.

Mr Vatili said at present limbs that were brought in from India weighed close to five kilogrammes.

He said such limbs from Australia weighed only 1.5 kilogramme and was better for people to use. Mr Vatili, an amputee, said he spent a lot of money going to the Lautoka and CWM Hospitals for training at the hospital physiotherapy units.

He also requested Government to provide funding in the coming Budget for students leaving the Fiji National University under the

Sustainable Livelihood Project. “At present these students come out of school without any future because they do not have any financial

backup to start their own business.”

Meanwhile, in the Budget Consultations at the Nadi Civic Centre, Nimirote Ragiagia of Namotomoto Village said the environmental impact on the Nadi River was a major problem.

Mr Ragiagia said dumping of garbage in the river had contributed to the villagers losing out on livelihood with fish and other shell fish being listed as not fit for consumption.

Rusiate Ralulu, a musician said Government should impose more strict measures in regards to copyright infringements. He said there were many shops making quick money off someone else’s hard work.

There was also a call for Government to look into helping out trainee pilots who have almost completed their courses but were short of finance.

Meanwhile, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was enlightening to hear submissions from members of the public on specific issues.

“As you can see from submissions in Nadi and Sigatoka, environment is a big issue in regards to cleanliness,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was encouraging to see more submissions and this would encourage more people to contribute towards the Budget.

“In fact a few people have said they have found the consultations quite useful and they would go back and think about it and make submissions by e-mail,” he said.

“Some issues are on non-delivery and the lack of action by people on the ground delivering services for them.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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