Land lease awareness

Divisional lands officer North Josefa Vuniamatana speaks with tenants during a meeting at Nagigi yesterday. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

Divisional lands officer North Josefa Vuniamatana speaks with tenants during a meeting at Nagigi yesterday. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

FAILING to understand contractual agreements is a major issue faced by tenants of the Lands Ministry in the North.

The ministry’s divisional officer North, Josefa Vuniamatana, in his team’s community consultation, discovered that tenants were still unclear about lease conditions.

“So having this consultation with tenants will help them in a great way because we not only bring our services to them, but we educate and enlighten them on issues they still fail to understand as tenants.

“For example, some tenants have gone ahead to build an extra house or extend their houses on State land under our lease without the consent of our director.

“So that has remained an issue for some who have expressed their failure to understand the need to obtain consent from our director first before they can build another house or extend their existing house.”

Mr Vuniamatana said they had cases in which some tenants had extended houses or built an extra one without obtaining consent from the ministry.

“This affects them when they try to renew the lease because we get to know right there and then that they have failed to obtain necessary consent,” he said.

“So through this consultation, the tenants will become aware about procedures they need to take under their lease conditions.

“It’s a success so far with tenants being happy about our visitation and we plan to extend our network with tenants around the North.”

Mr Vuniamatana and his team would be at Wailevu Tiri, Vuo Primary School and Tabucola today.