ITaukei ben­e­fits in­tact, Koya as­sures MP

Fiji Sun - - Parliament News - ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA Edited by Maraia Vula Feed­back: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fi­jisun.com.fj

Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to work dili­gently to en­sure that iTaukeis re­ceive the full ben­e­fit of their land own­er­ship, says Faiyaz Koya. His com­ments came af­ter Op­po­si­tion MPs had claimed that iTaukeis had been taken away their rights to land. Op­po­si­tion MP, Jiosefa Du­lakiver­ata claimed that Fi­jian land own­ers had not been paid their fair share of roy­al­ties. Speak­ing in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, in his ca­pac­ity of Min­is­ter for Lands and Min­eral Re­sources, Mr Koya said iTaukei had equal ben­e­fi­cia­ries un­der Gov­ern­ment’s other pro­grammes and ini­tia­tives. He said pro­tec­tions are in place and they are cur­rently for­mu­lat­ing laws to iden­tify the pro­cesses for the pay­ment of roy­al­ties. Mr Koya said the Con­sti­tu­tion stated that no Fi­jian was left out of Gov­ern­ment’s progress and devel­op­ment.

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