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EDITORIAL: Council Discuss Way Forward For Province

At the special Lomaiviti Provincial Council meeting on Tuesday at Studio 6 Conference Room in Suva, they discussed the way forward for the province. The council talked about how they
07 Dec 2017 16:47
EDITORIAL: Council Discuss Way Forward For Province
Lomaiviti Provincial Council chairperson Atunaisa Kaloumaira.

At the special Lomaiviti Provincial Council meeting on Tuesday at Studio 6 Conference Room in Suva, they discussed the way forward for the province.

The council talked about how they can utilise their natural resources and how to protect them.

According to council chairperson Atunaisa Kaloumaira, they have engaged their educated sons and daughters who are experts in their own fields to help map the way forward for their province.   

It has also sought the help of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help.

In every region of the world they face the risk of losing some of their land and sea resources.

The land and sea resources are all vital for their livelihoods, their culture and often their identity as a people.

What has been happening over the last decade is that there has been an intensification of the exploitation of natural resources.

While legislation is in place for the use of land and sea resources, the members of the council want some changes to give people more power to protect their resources.

Fiji’s laws are not stopping illegal fishing in the province.

People have the power to report but not to detain or arrest.

Now for the way forward, the people of Lomaiviti are urged to make good use of their resources to improve their lifestyle and start their own family businesses and invest.

The type of businesses they want to be involved in should be their own initiative and the council will help in bringing in advisors or experts.

These experts and advisors are already members of the council and will be ready when required at no cost.

Some islands in the province were badly affected by TC Winston but had quickly recovered.

In Sawaieke, Gau in the last three years the villagers started a project where youths plant 1000 yaqona plants every year.

The first 1000 are ready to be harvested this year, and those involved have already made their submissions to their leader on how they would like to use their money.

Some want a new houses, motor boats, vehicles and some just want to save for future investment.

This way forward for the Lomaiviti province will surely be effective as the people are involved.

They know if they are not going to work hard and make a good plan on the proper use of their resources they will face a bleak future.

We all want to have a bright future and the proper use of our resources is the way forward for it.

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