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91pc of land owned by iTaukei

Luke Nacei
Friday, March 09, 2018

NINETY-ONE per cent of land in Fiji are iTaukei land.

This was revealed by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while responding to a supplementary question by Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula in Parliament on Wednesday on certain provisions of land ownership.

"When you acquire a land for public purpose because of the security of tenure and because the investment has been made by the State, the State used to have complete control over that land for a period of time in which it was used for public purposes," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"If for example, the Government acquires some land for public purposes, the Government must give back that land to the iTaukei landowners, with the particular landowning unit, should they no longer require for that purpose."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said a Decree was passed in 1989 to amend crown land to State because Fiji no longer held the crown as the head of the State, therefore it became State land.

From then, he said, the definition was changed.

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