ALL NGOs planning to visit any village must first be authorised by the concerned provincial council, says iTaukei Affairs Board provincial services division manager Timoci Namotu.
Speaking at the Ra Provincial Council meeting in Rakiraki Village last week, Mr Namotu said most issues had been reported to the TAB regarding some of the developments made by few NGOs that had caused disputes among villagers and relatives.
He said some NGOs carried out developments not only for the benefit of villagers but more so for the organisations they represented.
Mr Namotu urged council members, especially the district representatives, to inform the provincial office on the objective of the village visits.
"I'm not saying that all NGOs are bad but it is more important to see that the intervention by any NGO in a village will not cause disputes among villagers," he said.
"Over the past decades, NGOs can enter any village in their own accord without informing the TAB on the purpose of their visit.
"TAB looks after the welfare of villages and the indigenous people and it is therefore wise for the board to be alerted before any visit is made to villages."
Mr Namotu said Fiji was blessed with abundant natural resources that could be wisely utilised to rake in millions of dollars for resources owners.