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Fijian Prime Minister Opens More Government Services In The North

Mr Bainimarama said they were bringing those services directly to the people's’ doorstep, putting them on equal footing with Fijians in our major towns and urban areas.
14 Mar 2019 10:00
Fijian Prime Minister Opens More Government Services In The North
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the Land Transport Authority staff members and officials at Seaqaqa in Macuata on March. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Residents of Seaqaqa in Macuata Province do not have to travel to Labasa Town anymore to access services of the Legal Aid Commission and the Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) registry.

This is after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened offices for the two organisations at Seaqaqa yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama said they were bringing those services directly to the people’s’ doorstep, putting them on equal footing with Fijians in our major towns and urban areas.

“I am well aware of the reality once faced by the Seaqaqa community,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“If any of you wanted to speak with a Legal Aid officer that often meant making the arduous and costly journey to Labasa.

“But accessing justice shouldn’t mean hours of travel by bus or car. You must be able to access justice here in your community where you live, work and raise your families and now finally you can.

“I am also aware there is no court established in Seaqaqa.

“But some of you may be surprised to know that the vast majority of legal work actually takes place outside of the courtroom.

“So, it is actually very important that we bring free legal expertise and services direct to your community.

“At this office anyone can obtain advice free of charge, be assisted with witnessing of documents such as birth certificates, academic transcripts and so on, dealing with landlord and tenant-related issues, drafting wills and helping with probate matters,” the Prime Minister told those gathered for the opening.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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