$75k ‘historic’ accident compensation

Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa shakes hand with acting PM Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Avisake Lomani after the presentation of the $75k compensation cheque. Picture: ATU RASEA

FIJI’S acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in an emotional ceremony this afternoon handed over a compensation cheque for $75,000 to Avisake Lomani after a fatal motor vehicle accident on February 2, 2018, took the life of her seven-year-old son Samuela.
Accident Compensation Commission, Fiji (ACCF) CEO Parvez Akbar said today was a historic day for Fiji.
“Ms Lomani, nothing can replace what you have lost but I do hope that what we are able to give you and your family today will give you some comfort and security during this very difficult time,” Mr Akbar said.
He said families that suffered similar tragedies could now be compensated much more quickly after past legislations had been repealed.
A tearful Ms Lomani, 29, thanked the Government and the commission and said she planned to use the money to set up an education trust fund for her two younger children in memory of her late son, Samuela.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum officiated at the handover, which was also attended by members of Parliament, including the Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa, Government Ministers, ACCF board members, stakeholders and members of the media.