Hotlines for help

ALL relief programs offered under the Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) fund will be closely monitored by Government, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He said if any Fijian was found to be lying about the state of their property, farm, produce, home or their belongings, there would be very serious consequences.

“We will have teams deployed throughout the country carrying out regular spot checks of areas benefiting from these programs,” he said.

“We will also establish a hotline where concerned Fijians can report those who they suspect have abused these very important relief programs.

“The hotline will also allow members of the public to lodge complaints against those civil servants who do not fully implement CARE Fiji.”

The Prime Minister made the announcement before departing for England where he was expected to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

He said he would once again take the country’s campaign against climate change to the global audience in his role as the president of COP23.

“We know too well that storms like cyclones Winston, Josie and Keni are already having a very serious impact on our people, our development and our way of life.

“Due to the worsening effects of climate change, tropical cyclones are only expected to become more severe in the years ahead.

“CARE for Fiji is going to be a big help in getting many of our people back on their feet, but our response and strategy have to be even bigger, because we cannot afford to remain stuck in the same cycle of rebuilding year after year and cyclone after cyclone.”