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COVID-19: Qica Grateful For The Financial Assistance

Mr Qica said he was there to apply for the unemployment funds because he was laid off by Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa Fiji as a Food and Beverage attendant.
03 Apr 2020 12:58
COVID-19: Qica Grateful For The Financial Assistance
Jekesoni Qica. Photo: Susana Tuilau

Many of those who gathered at the Fiji National Provident Building in Suva were either for laid off or have had their working hours reduced with majority from the tourism sector.

Jekesoni Qica, 28, joined the queue on Wednesday outside the FNPF building. He had travelled from Wailevu, Wainibuka to have his forms processed.

Mr Qica said he was there to apply for the unemployment funds because he was laid off by Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa Fiji as a Food and Beverage attendant.

“I was laid off from Pullman in Nadi and was hoping I would be able to access my unemployment funds from my FNPF today (Wednesday),” said Mr Qica.

“I plan on continuing with my studies at Australian Pacific Training Coalition (APTC),” he said.

The FNPF process saved him time as he did not have to wait to be served.

He was grateful that such assistance was given.

The youngest of eight lives and supports his older brother and mother.

“I think the money that I hope to receive will be enough for the meantime.

“My brother is a full-time farmer so fortunately for us we only have to buy the basics and with my little savings we have enough money to sustain us for a while.

“My mother also receives Social Welfare Assistance.

Mr Qica said he has been applying to several other companies and most of them have called him back to tell him that after this pandemic he can come for a final interview.

Majority of those waiting to be served at FNPF on the day said they could not wait for this pandemic to be over so that things can get back to normal.

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