RA Rural Authority chairman Napolioni Nasara says villagers have to respect their village council and headmen if they want government to attend to their requests.
He said they must also understand the channels and government structures requests went through before they were finally approved.
"We were told at the provincial council meeting by Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki and now I am saying it again so people may understand," said Mr Nasara.
"Everything must be discussed at village level first before it is taken up to district level then provincial level.
"If we give our turaga ni koro and village councils the respect they deserve by running matters through them, then their requests will be heard."
Mr Nasara said it was important for people to know this because at the district meetings only the requests which had been discussed at village level and taken by the turaga ni koro would be endorsed.
"This is the way it works as mandated by the government, we must stop people from going over the head of the village councils and going straight to the provincial administrators."