GOVERNMENT met with Monasavu landowners last week and advised them of the importance of investing lease money wisely.
Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said talks were critical because the 12 landowning units that owned the Monasavu dam and the Wailoa pumping station were looking at receiving $55million over the next 55 years.
Cdr Cawaki said landowners across the country had been receiving lease monies for many years but were not fully utilising the funds to benefit themselves or investing for future generations.
"The meeting was to advise landowners to invest their lease monies wisely because they will be receiving $1million a year for the next 55 years," he said.
"We have seen that some landowners have been misusing their funds by spending on unnecessary luxury and leisure activities.
"The government wants to step in to assist landowners by encouraging certain income generating programs best suited to the highlanders in view of their surrounding natural resources."
He said there were various proposals being put forward to landowners to invest for the benefit of future generations.