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Wrong clan A Northern Division businessman’s bid to lease a piece of land for development purpose failed when the landowners did not give their consent. He had promised to give
05 Jul 2018 10:00
between THE LINES

Wrong clan

A Northern Division businessman’s bid to lease a piece of land for development purpose failed when the landowners did not give their consent.

He had promised to give $40,000 to members of the clan and also construct a new village community hall at a selected site.

A concerned villager visited the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs in the area and invited them to attend the monthly village meeting to clarify the issue.

In the meeting, the Roko Tui clarified that their consent was wrong, because the real landowners had not been contacted and the construction of the new village community hall could not proceed.

Lesson 1: The businessman should have followed the protocol of verifying lease documents with the iTaukei Land Trust Board as the administrators of all iTaukei land. That would have resolved the issue.

VKB registration

During the talanoa session at Galoa Village, in Bua, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was told that an iTaukei man was registered in the Vola Ni Kawa Bula (VKB) when he was 18 years old.

It highlighted the non-registration of several iTaukei children after birth.

It prompted Mr Bainimarama to call on all Fijians to register their newborn babies soon after birth.

For all iTaukei not registered in the VKB they are classified as non iTaukei. They miss out on all the clan benefits until they are registered.

New tower in Bua

People in Bua, Vanua Levu, with a Walesi Digital Television had complained  to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama about poor signal in a talanoa session.

They were relieved when Mr Bainimarama told them that it would be fine with a new reception tower to be constructed soon on one of the high mountains in the province.

Villagers should be rest assured that the new tower will provide clear reception for them to enjoy the Walesi programmes, he said.

e-Transport Card

Is tapping for others okay?

The relevant authorities should keep an eye on alleged tapping by students with an e-Card. The students with cards tap for other students using a Government subsidy. Is that allowed? It should be checked.

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