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New Dawn Rises For Informal Settlements

A new era is dawning for youths of Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa and Jittu Settlemen, Samabula if plans by relevant stakeholders to help them fall in place. Government officials conducted
10 Aug 2018 10:12
New Dawn Rises For Informal Settlements
Nanuku settlent resident with different departments representative after the outreach programme August 9, 2018. Photo: WATI TALEBULA

A new era is dawning for youths of Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa and Jittu Settlemen, Samabula if plans by relevant stakeholders to help them fall in place.

Government officials conducted an outreach programme at Vatuwaqa yesterday and on Wednesday they were at Jittu Settlement.

A resident of Nanuku Settlement for more than 30 years Luke Cakau, 36, said it was the first time he came across such an outreach programme.

“I know what social welfare is, but I didn’t know everything they do or their role. I was able to get more information about them and what they can do to help us,” Mr Cakau said.

Mohammed Sahid, 50, said he learned more than he bargained for.

Living in Nanuku for more than 40 years, he said he liked how the different departments came together to ensure they are well informed.

Meanwhile, Nanuku Settlement has come under the Police radar due to an increase in the crime rate over the past few years within the area.

Police representative Pio Sovalevu said they could not accomplish everything alone.

“We target where the problem is surfacing and recently there have been cases from Nanuku Settlement related to domestic violence, drugs and sexual offences,” Mr Sovalevu said.

“We need help to tackle this and we intend to set up a crime prevention committee.

“One of our concerns is that methamphetamine use, that is on the rise in Fiji.

“We should bring to light wrongs  that happen in society and not hide it otherwise our children will suffer.

“It takes a community to raise a child and we will work with the other departments present here today.”

Sex Offence Unit spokesperson Vulaono Divi advised mothers to ensure they know where their children were.

“You must not trust anyone because reported cases of sexual assault and rape is happening within our home by the very people we trust.

“Develop a good relationship with your children so they can be open with you and never criticise your children.

“If they tell you that someone has touched them then go to the Police station and report it.

“If your son brings a girl home make sure you ask her age. If she is under 18 take her to the nearest Police station or to her parents,” Ms Divi said.

Legal Aid Commission, Medical Services Pacific, Ministry for Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Social Welfare also enlightened youths on their role.

Edited by Percy Kean.

wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj




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