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Soasoa Residents Seek Fiji National Provident Fund Assistance

‘We have bills to pay that we need to clear up and then groceries to buy’.
05 May 2020 11:13
Soasoa Residents Seek Fiji National Provident Fund Assistance
Police officers manning a closed road at Soasoa settlement in Labasa. Photo: Laisa Kabulevu

After being on lockdown for 28 days, bills have piled up for those living in Soasoa.

The residents of the former confined area seeking the Government’s assistance to speed up the process for their application forms to withdraw some funds from the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).

Like many others, Hammeed Ali a labourer at Valebasoga Tropik Boards, lost his job due to the pandemic crisis.

He and many others who had lost their jobs, filled the FNPF forms that were brought to them by officers. They picked up the forms the following day.

“We have been under lockdown and during this time our applications should have been processed so when the lockdown was lifted we had something to fall back on as we have lost our jobs,” Mr Ali said.

“We have bills to pay that we need to clear up and then groceries to stock up as well.

“None of us in the Soasoa residential area have received assistance from FNPF.

“Imagine the struggle that we have to go through again. Any lockdown area should be given top priority when seeking such assistance,” he said.

In a statement last month, the fund’s chief executive officer, Jaoji Koroi, said forms had been distributed to employers.

The fund has also rejected some applications because they were incomplete.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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