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Your right to a home

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, February 09, 2013

HOUSING Minster Colonel Samuela Saumatua says government views housing as a human right.

And this right is a strategic priority goal under the People's Charter, he says.

Col. Saumatua made the comment at the launch of the Villa Maria settlement electrification project last week.

He said the charter and the roadmap also directly connected with Fiji's international commitments towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Col. Saumatua said his ministry was keen on reducing poverty and achieving the housing millennium development goal.

"The national housing policy is aligned to the road map as it implements the vision of building a better Fiji through the provision of affordable and decent homes with access to better services to the citizens of Fiji," he said.

"Better services such as infrastructure of water, sewage, electricity and accessible roads."

The minister said the Villa Maria electrification project program in Samabula East was one of the recipients of those programs.

"The scope of the projects involves the installation and supply of electricity from the main power supply line along Mead Road to Villa Maria settlement through the erection of concrete power poles and the extension of the main grid power lines.

"The project will make the supply of electricity more available to the 15 families residing at the settlement for the first time."

Col. Saumatua said the project was a community-oriented and participatory one in which the application of sweat equity was practised.

The 15 families residing in Villa Maria were responsible for the cost of the internal electrical wiring in their homes.


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