Fund resumes inspections, focus on worst affected areas

THE Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) is prioritising those in the worst affected areas from the recent natural disasters by working closely with the Commissioner Western’s Office.

This was the word from the fund’s chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi as they resume inspection of flood-affected areas in the Western Division today.

The fund is assisting its members affected by the three recent natural disasters by allowing them to access up to $1000 under its natural disaster withdrawal scheme.

The assistance will be deducted from the members’ general account eligibility with the processing fee being waived for this withdrawal.

FNPF had temporarily suspended its inspections on Monday afternoon as necessary precautionary measures from the alert on Tropical Cyclone Keni.

“We will continue from where we left off on Monday and we will await the new areas which were affected severely by TC Keni from the Commissioner Western’s Office,” Mr Koroi said in a statement yesterday.

“Inspection schedules are broadcast daily by the radio stations, advertised in the daily newspapers and also posted on FNPF’s Facebook page.”

As of yesterday, FNPF had paid out more than $719,000 to 874 members who applied for flood assistance under its natural disaster assistance scheme.

Mr Koroi also confirmed that nine teams were being deployed in the field where most of pre-checking and validation were done.

He also reminded the members to exercise prudence in accessing this assistance as the main purpose of the fund was for their retirement.

“We are here to assist you in your time of need, and in this case the assistance is to provide immediate relief especially for household items that have been damaged by the flood. It does not cover root crops and farms,” he said.

From the initial feedback from the Northern Division, Mr Koroi said damage had not been extensive and they were also working closely with Commissioner Northern’s office.

Flood assistance forms are being distributed by the teams during inspection and are not available at any of the FNPF branches and agencies.

The fund has also stressed that members must ensure they have valid bank accounts as all payments would be processed to members’ bank accounts.