Residents of Raiwaqa and nearby communities have lauded the iTaukei Affairs roadshow launched by the Prime Minister and Minister for iTaukei Affairs, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama.
Bryce Street resident, Keresi Saunikalou thanked government for the timely awareness on various programmes under the Ministry of iTaukei.
“This is a really good initiative by government as it has broadened out knowledge on the work that is carried out by the iTaukei Affairs Ministry,” Ms Saunikalou said.
“Even though we live in the urban area, we are still not aware of some of the programmes that are available with the Ministry of iTaukei.”
Ms Saunikalou added that the roadshow also clarified issues that she was not aware of or had little knowledge.
Similar sentiments were shared by 68 year old Mosese Tagivetaua. “I am glad that I came here tonight with my wife to hear the Prime Minister and staff of the iTaukei Affairs highlight a lot of important issues that are central to the iTaukei,” Mr Tagivetaua said.
“I now have a better knowledge of issues such as cultural mapping and the computerisation of the Vola ni Kawa Bula.”
In his statement at the launch, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of holding this outreach program.
“My fellow Fijians, we embark on another important mission and one that specifically affects the lives of the iTaukei and those affected by decisions made by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, the TLTB and other related ministries. The Ministry’s Community Outreach Program”, the Prime Minister said. “The goal of this program is simple. To open up a direct channel of dialogue about the services we provide; about any concerns you may have; and about how we can do a better job.”
“I’ve always believed that direct engagement with ordinary people is the most important thing for Government to do. And on a personal level, it reminds me about the great trust the Fijian people have put in me and my Government to protect their interests, to grow the economy and to create the jobs that we all know are needed,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.