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Vocea clarifies: Couple have not completed requirements

Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea has clarified that the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation was not furnished with the application requirements by a couple who had sought assistance. He
20 Sep 2018 13:11
Vocea clarifies: Couple have not completed requirements
Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea.

Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea has clarified that the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation was not furnished with the application requirements by a couple who had sought assistance.

He said an article published in the Fiji Times about a couple, Veresa Menuki and Kinisimere Civoinono, waiting in vain yesterday contained biased reporting.

The report titled: ‘Couple fight on’ said the couple needed food supplies and water because they were physically incapable to do so.

Mr Menuki claimed they were required to give countless requirements which they couldn’t do.

Mr Vocea said that officials from the Department of Social Welfare under the ministry clarified they were not furnished with the full application requirements.

“A report from Department of Welfare Officer in Nabouwalu stated that the application for welfare assistance was approved in March this year,” Mr Vocea said.

“The Turaga-ni-Koro was advised to bring a passport photo of the applicant, Mrs Civoinono, so that the money could be paid out.

“It’s mid September now and the photo ID is still not received by Welfare Officer.

“We are very concerned about such biased reporting. Even about the water woes on the island, a vessel had delivered water to the island last month. I didn’t receive any call from the village headmen asking for water supply to his village. And yet the newspaper started that nothing has been done to address water problems.”

Again, questions and calls to the Fiji Times editor Fred Wesley had not been responded to when this edition went to press.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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