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Serua First Province To Complete Village Profiling

Serua is the first of the 14 provinces in Fiji to have completed their Village Profiling under the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs. Speaking at the provincial meeting at Galoa Village,
21 Jul 2017 14:19
Serua First Province To Complete Village Profiling
From left: Provincial Administrator Serua Inoke Tagicakibau, Roko Tui Serua Seru Nasagavale and Chairman Taito Nakalevu. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Serua is the first of the 14 provinces in Fiji to have completed their Village Profiling under the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs.

Speaking at the provincial meeting at Galoa Village, Roko Tui Serua Nasagavale said Serua had the least number of districts and villages. There are four districts and 24 villages in the province.

Vunivalu Serua Ratu Peni Latianara. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Vunivalu Serua Ratu Peni Latianara. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

He said that without the village profiling it would be difficult to finalise the needs of individual districts with regard to development.

iTaukei Affairs senior administration officer, Jone Driu confirmed that the exercise should be done by December this year.

“This is reliable information. Government will work according to the village profiling such as if a village is using pit toilets, the development initiative is to construct flush toilets,” Mr Driu said.

If there are many children in the village or province, and there is no school, according to the village profile, the Government has to build a school. If there were less children, there was no need to build a school.

Senior administration officer Itaukei Affairs Jone Driu (left). Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Senior administration officer Itaukei Affairs Jone Driu (left). Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Challenges for the ministry revealed at the provincial meeting showed that there were funding constraints; hence they were trying to work with other government agencies and donors.

Mr Driu said other challenges were villagers hesitating to talk to the officers or sometimes villagers did not want to release information, because they did not know what village profiling was all about.

He said some villagers were not aware of what problems they were facing in their own village.

This demonstrated the importance of village profiling.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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