A new vision for the iTaukei

ITAUKEI people should never have to wait for investors to become employees, but they should work towards becoming employers.

This was the message relayed to members of the Tailevu Provincial Council yesterday by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and the Methodist Church in Fiji, which has entered into a partnership with the ministry in changing mind-sets of villagers and the iTaukei.

Ministry of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary Naipote Katonitabua said the ministry’s new vision was a prosperous vanua for a better Fiji and it was working with the church to change mind-sets of Fijians from being dependent on handouts and other assistance and to move towards being self-efficient.

Reverened Ili Vunisuwai while presenting during the meeting through an invitation from the ministry, said iTaukei people should never have to beg for food or assistance from anywhere because God had richly blessed them with abundant resources.

“What we have gathered so far, we (iTaukei) are not taking the opportunities that are there because of what we believe, we tend to stand by and look at other investors come in and we work for them,” Mr Katonitabua said.

“It is because of our Christian belief, that we cannot do both, while you can become poor, you have your glory up there. That is the belief that the Methodist Church is now intervening, so we inform the provincial council leaders.”

Mr Katonitabua said many iTaukei people believed that they could either only become a Christian or a businessman and could not do both.

He said that was the mind-set that ministry and the church were trying to eradicate.

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