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Villages Urged To Utilise Govt Help

Villages in the province of Rewa have been urged to make use of assistance provided by the Government. Senior assistant Roko Tui Rewa, Valetino Serutukana, said many villages in the
11 May 2017 11:00
Villages Urged To Utilise Govt Help
Roko Tui and Assistant Roko Tui at Lagon Resort in Pacific Harbour on May 9, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Villages in the province of Rewa have been urged to make use of assistance provided by the Government.

Senior assistant Roko Tui Rewa, Valetino Serutukana, said many villages in the province were not aware of the assistance.

This assistance included, education, agriculture, housing and more, which he suggested that villagers should apply for.

“My role is to empower people to make use of the assistance provided by the Government,” he said.

The province of Rewa consists of two major parcels of land, which also includes the island of Beqa.

The province has a population of 100,787 at the 2007 census; making it Fiji’s third most populous.

 

Challenges faced

Mr Serutukana described his role to that of an operations manager in the province.

He left teaching and joined the Rewa Provincial Council for the past 10 months.

Funding, he said was one of the main challenges he faced, due to the spatial distribution of the villages that they serve.

Another challenge was the illiteracy of some villagers in the province.

Discussing the issues with the communities was very hard because villagers could not understand, he said.

After numerous attempts, communities were then able to grasp the message they were trying to put across, he said.

“Looking after the province was not an easy task,” he said.

 

Youths in business

The Rewa province has a community project called Rewa Care that looks after their youth operating businesses.

“Rewa Care visit the youths regularly and update them about the development that is going on in the province, and set up their own business and be an independent person in life,” he said.

He said for women, they were trying to look for funds for capital projects like craft selling.

Other current developments were divided into platforms which included youth empowerment programmes, development in women and capital project for development of roads and bridges, he said.

He urged villagers to work with the village headman, because they were the only one that represented the community to the Government and vice versa.



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