COVID-19 re­lief scheme

Fiji Sun - - NATION - INOKE RABONU Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: inoke.rabonu@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fiji Na­tional Prov­i­dent Fund does not fa­cil­i­tate needs or queries with re­gards to the First Home Buy­ers Pro­gramme that was an­nounced by Govern­ment in the 2020-2021 Na­tional Bud­get.

This was the clar­i­fi­ca­tion made by the fund’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jaoji Koroi.

Mr Koroi said: “How­ever, FNPF as­sis­tance will only be ap­plied under our FNPF Hous­ing With­drawal Pol­icy.”

He said mem­bers who wished to ac­cess the First Home Buy­ers grant should li­aise di­rectly with the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment.

He added that the First Home or Land Govern­ment and FNPF Pur­chase Pro­gramme were not avail­able any­more.

Mr Koroi said the fund had been in­un­dated with re­quests from mem­bers who had been un­em­ployed for more than six months to ac­cess the re­lief scheme.

He said they were cur­rently as­sess­ing how best to roll out this scheme, which will form part of

Phase 4.

“We seek mem­ber un­der­stand­ing be­cause it is not easy to ad­min­is­ter these schemes es­pe­cially when they are run­ning par­al­lel to each other,” he said.

“We need to care­fully ap­proach each phase and avoid un­nec­es­sary pres­sure on our mem­bers and staff and most of all, min­imise con­fu­sion.

“The fund is mind­ful of the de­mand and sit­u­a­tion on the ground with our mem­bers, and will act as most prac­ti­cal as pos­si­ble to meet their de­mands in line with the ca­pa­bil­ity of our in­ter­nal re­sources.”

How­ever, FNPF as­sis­tance will only be ap­plied under our FNPF Hous­ing With­drawal Pol­icy. Jaoji Koroi Fiji Na­tional Prov­i­dent Fund chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer

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