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Lau villagers call for review of iTaukei Lands Act

Some villagers in the Lau Group are calling for a review of the iTaukei Lands Act.

They made this known to a Government delegation during the first ever National Development Plan public consultation in their communities late last week.

Turaga Na Tui Dravuwalu in Totoya, Ratu Inosi Kania said the 60 per cent consent from all landowners registered in the Vola Ni Kawa Bula was a hindrance to key initiatives bound to make lives easier on the island.

Ratu Inosi said this was because the people that lived on the island made up a much lesser percentage as compared to those that do not, and gathering consent was an issue considering the issues that they face in terms of transportation, and communication.

He explained that because of this key projects like communication towers, solar farms, and other projects are not available in the village, to help improve livelihood.

“We are therefore requesting if this key requirement is looked into,” Ratu Inosi said.

This was also shared by villagers in Namuka I Lau during the NDP consultation in their village.

A team from the Ministry of Finance, National Planning, Strategic Development, and Statistics will continue with public consultations in Komo Village tomorrow.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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