Rev Calls For Plans To Ar­rest Ur­ban Drift

Church should come up with pro­grammes in the var­i­ous Methodist cir­cuits

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - Edited by Ne­mani De­laibatiki ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA SUVA arieta.vakasukawaqa@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Methodist Church of Fiji should start lay­ing out plans to stop its church mem­bers from mov­ing to ur­ban ar­eas, says Rev­erend Jere­maia Waqain­a­bete. The is­sue was raised dur­ing the church’s Bose Ko Viti at Cen­te­naryChurch in Suva yes­ter­day. Rev­erend Waqain­a­bete ques­tioned what the church had to of­fer to stop the ur­ban drift.

Church’s sec­re­tary for So­cial Ser­vices, Rev­erend Iliesa Naivalu, said the prob­lem had been there. Mem­bers of the church would start mov­ing to ur­ban ar­eas for a bet­ter stan­dard of liv­ing.

He said it led to the in­crease of squat­ter set­tle­ments in the ur­ban ar­eas. Rev­erend Waqain­a­bete said the church should come up with pro­grammes in var­i­ous Methodist cir­cuits in the ru­ral ar­eas. “We can’t stop ur­ban drift be­cause ev­ery­one wants a bet­ter stan­dard of liv­ing. But all the church can do is come up with cre­ative pro­grammes to keep our church mem­bers there in the ru­ral ar­eas,” he said.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Navu­lua Women’s choir group of Nakasi dur­ing Methodist Church an­nual con­fer­ence in Suva yes­ter­day.

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