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Zero crime reports

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, February 04, 2013

CRIMINAL activities are issues that villagers of Naboutini shy away from.

For the past two decades, the youths of Naboutini Village in Saqani, Cakaudrove have worked closely with village elders in ensuring that no crime is committed in the village.

Inia Cagilevu, a villager, who is also a police officer said they have closely worked with the villagers making sure that all village rules and the government laws were observed.

"There have been no reports of crime from this village for the past two decades," he said.

"I am a police officer and I have seen no reports of crime.

"The villagers work very closely with the law enforcers and we have had awareness programs in the village and the district of Saqani as a whole.

"For these villagers, valuing the relationships between people in the village and working closely with the law enforcers to maintain peace and a safe environment is of importance."

Mr Cagilevu said the village elders, including traditional leaders, would meet with women, children and youths every month to discuss any issues.

"It's a village meeting and everyone has a chance to speak up so their ideas are taken on board and if there are problems, we sit with those involved and talk to them.

"We have seen changes in the villagers when we sit them down and talk to them so we continue to use that system," Mr Cagilevu said.

The village elders have also drawn up programs for youths including farming projects.

"The programs are put up to occupy our youths with better things such as farming and they earn their own money without committing a crime," Mr Cagilevu said.