Assistant Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Sakiusa Tubuna has urged villagers in Cakaudrove to be resilient in the face of economic and climate shocks.
While visiting the villagers of Nabuniikadamu in Wainunu, Bua and Naviavia in Wailevu West, Tubuna stressed the importance of ensuring sustainability through resilient tools such as developing community plans for projects that can generate extra income to improve their livelihoods.
He told the villagers to include priority areas in their plans so that they can attract donor agencies and Government for funding assistance.
He also reminded the villagers to always take the “first step” in providing for their individual families instead of relying on the Government for assistance all the time.
Nabuniikadamu and Naviavia are two of the places in Fiji that are predominantly occupied by Fijians of Solomon descent.
He added the Government will ensure to look into the interests of these minority groups who have now called Fiji “home”.
He said with the introduction of the Ministry of Multi-Ethnic Affairs, the villagers can access this ministry for assistance.
Meanwhile, a talanoa session was held after the ceremony of welcome where the Assistant Minister had the opportunity to brief the villagers about the Government’s mandates.