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Minister Thanks People For Honesty

The Ministry has received 23 cards so far, but it has been receiving calls from people wishing to return their cards Minister for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Allevia­tion Mereseini Vuniwaqa
25 May 2018 11:00
Minister Thanks People For Honesty
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa addresses the crowd during the Homes-CARE Initiative assistance event at Ba Market Grounds, on May 24, 2018

The Ministry has received 23 cards so far, but it has been receiving calls from people wishing to return their cards

Minister for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Allevia­tion Mereseini Vuniwaqa yesterday thanked the 23 individu­als for honestly returning their MPaisa Card Homes-CARE Initia­tive cards.

She also urged other Fijians to follow their example before the am­nesty period ends on May 29.

“We have received 23 cards so far, but we have been receiving calls from people wishing to return their cards,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“There is an amnesty period so I encourage those who are in that po­sition to return that card.”

She said some had called asking her for assistance and directions on how their cards could be returned.

Ms Vuniwaqa was successful get­ting some people to return home after they had gathered at the Ba Market Grounds on Wednesday night.

“Last night (Wednesday night) I was here to check on the setup, but already there was a crowd forming here,” she said

“So I walked straight into the crowd, picked out a few people and asked them if they had a home, no? Are you renting? No, and they real­ised that they should not have been here.”

However, she was very pleased with the development that peo­ple were beginning to realise that the Government’s assistance was only for those whose house was destroyed and damaged during the event of Tropical Cyclone Keni and Josie, respectively.

In addition, she highlighted the need for Fijians living in affected areas to put in more effort to get themselves updated on the require­ments and eligibility aspects of the assistance.

“I think it is something to do with the information going to them so that is something that I have stressed upon the team, especially those with the microphones, to keep giving out the needed infor­mation at every opportunity.”

She was certain that there were still some Fijians in the crowd who were not aware of those crucial in­formation.

“So we are trying to get those in­formation out as much as we can,” the minister said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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