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A-G Commissions Borehole For Tobacco Farms

The 2013 Constitution provides that every Fijian has the right to access clean drinking water because it is a basic human right. Acting Prime Minister and Attorney- General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
19 Jun 2018 11:36
A-G Commissions Borehole For Tobacco Farms
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The 2013 Constitution provides that every Fijian has the right to access clean drinking water because it is a basic human right.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney- General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this while launching the Project Aqua and the commissioning of a new borehole at Sautabu Village in Navosa. The project was funded by the British American Tobacco.

Two years ago, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he had met a few tobacco farmers from Votualevu in Nadi, who had made an agreement with British American Tobacco.

He said that their water pipes were constructed on their farms to source water from Nadi River into the tobacco farms and that the farmers themselves didn’t have access to water.

“I couldn’t figure out why they had water pipes to source water to their tobacco farms but didn’t have access to enough water so we discussed the issue with British American Tobacco,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“In a society like Fiji we need arrangements that make our farmers first priority. Under the Fijian Constitution it’s a basic human right for every Fiji to have access to clean drinking water.”

He thanked the British American Tobacco for recognising the constitutional rights.

British American Tobacco general manager, Alexander Ivakhov said that they would work closely with the Government to help people access clean drinking water through their projects.

Meanwhile, during a talanoa session with villagers of Sautabu in the interior of Navosa, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum revealed that cases had been brought to their attention on people selling goods they receive through the Farms-CARE and Homes-CARE assistance.

“I just want to let you know that we have received reports on recipients selling goods that they have attained through the assistance,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“Please keep in mind that Government is genuinely trying to assist you.”

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