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Role Of Roko Tui Under Scrutiny

  Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua yesterday reiterated that the performance of the Roko Tui in all 14 provinces was being strictly monitored. Mr Katonitabua confirmed this to
07 Apr 2018 10:00
Role Of Roko Tui Under Scrutiny
Permanent Secretary for Ministry of iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua (first from right) in Parliament on April 5, 2018. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu

 

Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua yesterday reiterated that the performance of the Roko Tui in all 14 provinces was being strictly monitored.

Mr Katonitabua confirmed this to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Parliament yesterday. He said the ministry was assessing the performance of the Roko Tui because they were the chief financial officer in their respective provincial councils.

He said the performance review for each of the Roko Tui incumbents was his ministry’s current target.

“We will be targeting those Roko who are not up to par with their financial and quarterly reports. They need to submit this to the ministry,’’ Mr Katonitabua said.

“This is something that is monitored by the ministry.”

Committee member and SODELPA opposition MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu said that now the Roko Tui were being fully paid by Government what would happen to those who held positions in companies run by the provincial councils.

He requested clarifications and informed the permanent secretary that the Roko Tui Cakaudrove held 98 per cent share in voting rights and attended all Fijian Holding Limited (FHL) meeting.

Mr Katonitabua said in terms of Cakaudrove Province, the provincial council’s shares were transferred to the provincial companies.

And, in terms of the voting rights the chief executive officer of the provincial company gets to vote and not the Roko Tui.

Mr Katonitabua said the 14 provincial councils did not have voting rights when attending any Fijian Holding (FHL) meetings.

Mr Katonitabua said the Roko Tui acted as advisers to any company under the provincial council or the province and should only be mediators between the council and the company.

“They must work towards the betterment of the province,” he said.

Mr Katonitabua said out of fairness all Roko Tui were represented in the FHL annual general meeting where they also participated and represented the board.

“They are just advisories, they use to be paid in the past but now they are just advisories.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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