Opinion

Abuse Claims At Lagilagi Project A Cause For Concern

It is hoped that all those found guilty will be appropriately punished. When the system is abused it denies assistance to those who need it the most
03 Jun 2019 12:35
Abuse Claims At Lagilagi Project A Cause For Concern
Lagilagi housing at Raiwaqa, Suva,

Opinion:

The exposure of serious alleged abuse at Lagilagi Housing Project in Suva is alarming and unacceptable.

The disturbing feature was the audacity of some people to deliberately lie to acquire flats

Worse still, one person allegedly rented it out his flat while he lives overseas.

As Police continue their investigations, it is hoped that all those found guilty will be appropriately punished as a deterrent to would-be offenders.

This is a housing project that was designed to help those with genuine housing need and they lived in the area before it was developed.

It’s obvious that the offenders allegedly worked in collusion with someone or a group to circumvent the system.

It’s great that the Government will take over the project and manage it.

All those found to have violated the law will be served with eviction notices.

And the sooner that happens the better it is for those who have waited in line with their applications.

Those who were allegedly involved to gain financial advantage need to face the full brunt of the law.

While we are still on housing, the Government should do a spot check on similar housing projects.

It should extend to cover HART (Housing Assistance and Relief Trust). There are unsubstantiated reports that there was abuse,

Tenants are usually single mothers who live on social welfare benefits. That’s the rule anyway.

But it is understood that the rule has been breached through outlawed activities.

As soon as tenants enter into permanent relationships they need to move out.

Tenants need to report their changing personal circumstances to see if they still qualify to stay in the HART homes.

Whether it’s Lagilagi or HART or Housing Authority the principle is the same.

When the system is abused it denies assistance to those who need it the most.
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