Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Village by-laws not to be enforced by villages

Fiji Village News - 9 November 2010

The Village-by-Laws are only recommendations, and are not Laws to be enforced in the villages.

These were the words of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama speaking to representatives from the various Tikinas that were present at the Lomaiviti Provincial Council today.

Commodore Bainimarama said he has received word that some villages are enforcing these by-laws, however he added that they will only be enforced, once all the feedback is received by the I-Taukei affairs and if it is passed by Cabinet.

He added that all villages should see that the chiefly hierarchy is observed and transparency should prevail amongst the villages and the chiefs, by way of regular meeting and negotiations.

Commodore Bainimarama also stressed the importance of education and for the parents of Lomaiviti to make use of the assistance given by Government for free education from Class 1 to Form 7, and also asked them to send their children regularly to school.

According to Bainimarama this will broaden their knowledge and see them managing their own business from their islands, thus contributing to the Fiji economy.

The Lomaiviti Provincial Council meeting continues in Suva.
Story by: Selina Navuso

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