THERE is growing evidence that a lot of people of Namosi living in the province are lazy, says Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua.
He made the comment at the Namosi Provincial Council meeting in Navua yesterday.
He expressed his disappointment following concerns raised by Namosi provincial administrator Viliame Rakai that the people of Namosi continued to ask government for money with the last proposal amounting to $1.5million.
Speaking in the iTaukei language, Ratu Suliano said this was one of the major problems faced by the people of Namosi over the years.
"Sa rui levu nomuni vucesa. Ni rogoca vinaka sara, kevaka e dua sa sega ni rawa ni vakayagataka na i sele me teitei kei na yau bula da sa vakalougatataki kina, ni vagalala mai na noqu yasana. Toki tale ki na dua na vanua se ni lako na vanua ni vakawati kina mo ni lai bula kina."
(You are too lazy. To all of you who are here today, if any men cannot use a cane knife or utilise the resources available, get out of my province or move to your wife's village.)
Mr Rakai said the people of Namosi continued to demand a lot of money from government through the provincial council for development purposes.
He said the Integrated Rural Development (IRD) ensured the equal distribution of State funds to the 14 provinces and not to just one.
Mr Rakai said it was important they prioritised developments to benefit everyone in the province.
Mr Rakai said three capital projects, which costs more than $850,00, were expected to begin soon including the upgrade of Navunisoco Rd, Wainadoi grid extension and the setting up of the Namosi government station.
He said government assistance should only be small portion compared to what villagers should provide.
Ratu Suliano warned he would no longer tolerate laxity in his province.
He questioned the roles of parents, village headmen, district representatives and other stakeholders on the example they were setting their children.
He said they needed to teach them what was right and to earn a living through hard work.
He urged his people to make use of the resources available to them and not be heavily dependent on government assistance.
Ratu Suliano challenged his people to play their part in the development of their province.
The Namosi Provincial Council meeting continues today.