Keep vis­i­tors book, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter tells

Cawaki ad­vises vil­lagers on ways to keep tabs on their de­vel­op­ment

Fiji Sun - - North News - JOSAIA RALAGO josaia.ralago@fi­jisun.com.fj

In order to keep tabs on de­vel­op­ment, all vil­lage head­men have been urged to keep a vis­i­tors book.

The As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Joeli Cawaki had is­sued this ad­vice dur­ing his re­cent visit to Yadua Is­land in the Bua Prov­ince.

This was af­ter vil­lagers had raised con­cerns that some of the is­sues brought up dur­ing the last mar­itime tour had still not been at­tended to. Some of th­ese re­quests in­cluded a vil­lage foot­path, so­lar pan­els for the vil­lagers and the de­lay of so­cial wel­fare forms al­ready sub­mit­ted to the re­spec­tive depart­ment. Dur­ing Mr Cawaki’s fol­low-ups, the vil­lage head­man failed to sub­mit the name of of­fi­cers who had made th­ese deal­ings with them. “It is im­por­tant that you keep the name, des­ig­na­tion and phone num­bers of Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who visit your shores for any kinds of de­vel­op­ment,” Mr Cawaki told the vil­lagers. “You see Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials change all the time and dur­ing fol­low-ups, as such, we would be able to con­tact them and ask them what you are ask­ing us now so we can get an up­date on th­ese de­vel­op­ments in ques­tion.” Mr Cawaki said while Gov­ern­ment was do­ing their best to at­tend to peo­ple’s re­quest, their in­volve­ment played an in­te­gral part in bring­ing th­ese de­vel­op­ments to life. Den­i­manu Vil­lage head­men on Yadua Is­land, Meli Rokob­uli, in an in­ter­view said: “We greatly ap­pre­ci­ate this visit from Gov­ern­ment and we will surely act on this wakeup call.”

Mr Rokob­uli has since started list­ing names of of­fi­cials present dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion.

There are 172 vil­lagers on the is­land. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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