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Lagilagi Housing Project Case In Court

Their most common complaint is that they paid People’s Communities Network $1 a week before the project even took off.
08 Jun 2019 11:57
Lagilagi Housing Project Case In Court
Lagilagi housing at Raiwaqa, Suva,

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission has already taken one person to court in regards its investigation into the complaints about the Lagilagi Housing project.

FCCC chief executive Joel Abraham said investigations found that the person was ineligible for the housing assistance under the Lagilagi Housing project.

He said they had taken him to court to follow the rule of law in evicting this person.

Mr Abraham said there were more than 80 families who relocated from the area where the Lagilagi Housing project stands now.

He said they were promised that they would be given flats, but nothing happened.

Those who were promised this now look from across the street at the new buildings as they live in shacks. Their most common complaint is that they paid People’s Communities Network $1 a week before the project even took off.

Some residents of the Lagilagi Housing say they paid hefty deposits to get a flat.

Lagilagi Housing resident Eroni Elliot said he was a former resident of Jittu Estate and was able to secure a flat after he told People’s Community Network that he would be able to make a down payment of $20,000.

“My son is a lawyer in New Zealand. He was able to send me the money to pay my deposit. That is how I was able to secure my flat,” he said.

“I stay in a three-bedroom flat and I pay $50 a week now. But I have not been given a title or contract.”

The Fiji Sun in its own investigation into the Lagilagi Housing project, has found people ineligible for the housing assistance are now living there.

This has been confirmed by FCCC and the findings are in its 635-page inquiry report.

Housing Minister Premila Kumar has already stated that the Government would take operational control of the Lagilagi Housing project.

Some residents want to see action now.

Navitilai Moceica said he was happy that the Government had decided to do this.

He said they had relocated because Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had asked them to do so.

He said they would like to see the Government fix this problem.

Meanwhile, PCN opted not to comment on the matter until all investigation into the complaints are finished.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj



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