FNPF reaches out

Flood waters damaged a compound fence in Yalalevu Ba. The FNPF is offering relief for its members. Picture: LUKE NACEI

FIJI National Provident Fund says it has reached most of its members who need assistance following the aftermath of Tropical Cyclones Josie and Keni.

This as it continued to be inundated with calls, emails and social media messages requesting application forms as well as querying why their locations were not listed for inspections.

The fund announced a flood relief withdrawal of $1000 for members two weeks ago and since then has paid $2.83million to 3373 members.

FNPF CEO, Jaoji Koroi said on site inspections to affected areas identified by the Commissioner Western’s office have been completed and there were follow up visits to members who may have been missed out.

But the fund is also having to deal with members not affected by the flooding caused by the cyclones turning up in areas the FNPF teams were inspecting.

According to the fund, Turaga ni Koros and councilors were allowing this to happen. 

“The areas that are in the inspection schedules are those which have been declared worst affected, as
advised by Commissioner Western’s Office. We don’t just randomly pick areas to inspect.”
“We’ve been informed that members are hiring vehicles or are walking around looking for the teams so
they can pick their forms”, Mr Koroi said.

Mr Koroi said this only frustrated members and delayed the flood assistance process.
The extension of the Natural Disaster assistance to Kadavu and Labasa would be decided following discussions with divisional commissioners.

 

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