RELIEF at last for thousands of people in Nadroga and Rakiraki with the opening of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority's (FRCA) customer services centre last week.
Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki says the decentralisation of state services was part of the government's initial plan of assisting all Fijians.
He said the people of Nadroga and Rakiraki would no longer need to visit the FIRCA office in Lautoka.
"The opening of the two building is part of the government's initiative in providing services to all Fijians," said Cdr Cawaki.
"Apart from assisting the people of Nadroga and Ra, we are also capturing all businesses in the areas to pay up their taxes.
"The setting up of the offices will also help the government financially thus contributing to economic growth."
Rakiraki resident Arvindra Kumar thanked the government for its commitment in bringing services to their doorsteps.
"All this time we have been travelling to Lautoka to get this service," he said.
"Now we are grateful that the service is just on our doorsteps and we don't have to pay huge sums of money for travelling.
"We thank the prime minister and the government team for helping the underprivileged people of Rakiraki."
FIRCA chief executive officer Jitoko Tikolevu said the authority had a critical role to play in the economy.
He said the opening of the new offices was part of the authority's continued geographic expansion initiative to increase its presence in smaller towns.
"This will facilitate the expansion of FRCA's capabilities to address the growing challenges and needs of the constantly evolving operating environment," said Mr Tikolevu.