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Families to soon have proper facilities

14:20 Tue Mar 13, 2018

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Praneeta Prakash

Sixty-eight families who were issued notices of approval to lease land in Navua will soon have access to proper water reticulation, proper roads and proper electricity supply as the Lands Ministry is currently working on the second phase of development.

Opposition MP Jiosefa Dulakiverata questioned the Lands Minister on whether the Government has issued a registered lease or Notice of Approval of Lease to settlers in Navua Town and Naitata.

While responding to this question, Lands Minister Faiyaz Koya informed the parliament this morning that 318 approval of notices of lease was given to settlements in three divisions including Navua at cost of more than $33,000.

“The Ministry is currently working on phase two development of this particular settlements which will mean that there will proper reticulation work, earthworks which is the labeling and construction of proper roads and drainage and installation of electricity proper. We will continue on the same modus operandi with respect to all informal settlements around the country”

Opposition MP Ratu Suliano Matanitobua highlighted that the settlers in Navua were from nearby provinces such as Serua, Naitasiri, Tailevu and Namosi.

He questioned the Lands Minister on whether the government has plans to resettle the people back to their provinces rather than giving them leases.

He claimed that these people have land back in their villages.

“It is something that we can look at but we only look at them as squatters, we do not look at them as part of some province whether they from Lau or Naitasiri.”

Government MP Dr Brij Lal questioned Koya on whether these settlers pay premiums or rentals once the lease is approved.

Koya clarified that the rental and administrative cost is payable however a premium is only applicable when a proper lease is issued.

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