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Call to address drift issue

Mere Naleba
Friday, April 11, 2014

THE issue of rural-urban drift was a topic discussed aggressively during the first day of the Lau Provincial Council meeting held at the Studio 6 Apartments in Suva yesterday.

District reps of Matuku, Totoya, Cicia and Lakeba asked Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant Colonel Netani Rika, Social Welfare Minister Dr Jiko Luveni and other government delegation members at the meeting to think of ways or projects that could curb rural-urban drift.

The matter was highlighted by Lau provincial administrator Eliki Masa during his presentation, where he said the government was tasked with trying to establish networks and farming projects which would keep many people in their villages and discourage them from moving to cities and towns.

Matuku district representative Jone Vularua said most islands in the Lau Group have white sandy beaches and a number of islands remained uninhabited, suggesting they be used as tourist attraction sites.

He said the only possible way of decreasing rural-urban drift was if government created projects that provided employment for the people of Lau in their villages or to build more educational facilities to cater for higher tertiary education.

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