Nabua fire vic­tims in new homes

But they were told to keep up with pay­ments.

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - MAIKA BOLATIKI Edited by Rosi Do­viver­ata Feed­back: maikab@fi­jisun.com.fj

Simione Na­mara, a vic­tim of the Fiji Mus­lim League in­for­mal set­tle­ment fire in Nabua is the lat­est re­cip­i­ent of a home at the Lag­i­lagi Hous­ing Project. While Mr Na­mara is not a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the Lag­i­lagi Hous­ing Project in Rai­wasa, Suva, he has to meet the fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions re­quired from a reg­u­lar mem­ber.

This means he has to fork out at least $3000 by next month or face evic­tion.

Yes­ter­day, Mr Na­mara was re­minded by the Fiji Peo­ples Com­mu­nity Net­work (PCN) di­rec­tor Semiti Qalowasa to start mak­ing pay­ments on his new flat.

The Lag­i­lagi Hous­ing Project is part of Gov­ern­ment’s par­tic­i­pa­tory squat­ter up­grad­ing project, which is a joint part­ner­ship be­tween the Min­istry of Hous­ing and the Peo­ples Com­mu­nity Net­work with Mis­ereor, a Ger­man Catholic or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mr Qalowasa told Mr Na­mara: “I want you to in­crease your pay­ment to $3000 by De­cem­ber be­cause if not, you will be re­moved for an­other ten­ant to move in. “If his pay­ment is good by De­cem­ber he will be a per­ma­nent mem­ber and he will own the house when he com­pletes his pay­ment,” he said

Mr Na­mara said he was happy to re­ceive the key to his new home and he would try his best to in­crease his pay­ment.

Each home owner pays at least $40,000 for their new home. Mem­bers are ex­pected to make pay­ments ev­ery week, the min­i­mum pay­ment is $1.

“If Mr Na­mara can’t, we will find an­other ten­ant and re­im­burse his pay­ments to help him find an­other home.”

Mr Qalowasa added that the Net­work (PCN) had been told by Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama to give homes to the fire vic­tims. “We have given them homes and it is now up to them to meet their pay­ment be­cause if not they would be re­moved.”

An­other re­cip­i­ent, Suresh Prasad is a per­ma­nent mem­ber and had al­ready paid $17,000. He said he was liv­ing with his son and his wife. Four fam­i­lies who were vic­tims of the fire at the Fiji Mus­lim League land at Nabua re­ceived keys to their new homes from Mr Qalowasa yes­ter­day.

Two other fam­i­lies will re­ceive their keys to­day.

Photo: Taraivini Seru

Some of the Nabua fire vic­tims with Semiti Qalowasa (Peo­ples COm­mu­nity Net­work di­rec­tor) at the Lag­i­lagi Hous­ing in Rai­wasa, Suva, on Novem­ber 14, 2017.

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