Youth groups in Taveuni have been reminded to register first with the Ministry of Youth and Sports before they request for assistance.
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou made these comments at Naivivi village, Qamea Island this morning.
He said registered youth groups must ensure they are active and also submit their reports to the divisional youth officers.
“It is not only about registration but it is also about the importance of getting youths involved under the Ministry’s programmes,” Minister Tuitubou said.
Minister Tuitubou also highlighted the need for youths to trust the ministry in order to move forward.
“You must, learn to trust and seek advice from us, the government wants you to have a bright future, this is what we are here for,” Minister Tuitubou said.
He said many youths have managed to grow and have successful income generating projects because they sought advice from the ministry.
Meanwhile, Minister Tuitubou said with the registration, youth groups need to submit their monthly reports to the Youth Officer or coordinators in their areas.
“This is for us to see and know what you are doing and how we can assist you,” Minister Tuitubou said.
“However; it will be of no use for us to assist youth groups if the members are not active, in Fiji youth groups have reaped from their projects due to their frequent report and activity’s,” he said.
Moreover, Minister Tuitubou said with all requests from youth groups a training must be conducted.
“We want you to have training before we can approve your requests; this is because we want the projects to be put into good use,” Minister Tuitubou added.
Naivivi village headman, Iosefo Tikomalea acknowledged the view and words of the Minister for encouraging the youth groups.
“We are glad to have the Minister visit our island and taking his time out to talk to our youths, encourage them and listening to their views,” he said.
Mr Tikomalea said that visit by the Minister to the island reflects well on how government wanted to help the youths.