Govt extends services

GOVERNMENT will extend its social welfare services to the district of Lekutu in Bua following concerns of geographical challenges faced by villagers.

Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa was informed during a talanoa session in the weekend that many have had to travel for about an hour to Nabouwalu or two hours to Labasa for the ministry’s services.

The villagers, during the talanoa session said they had to spend a lot of money on bus fares and the limited availability of transportation to and from the village.

It is understood that the ministry only have two officers to look after the province of Bua.

In response to the concerns, Mrs Vuniwaqa assured the villagers that they would have an officer in Lekutu to look after the needs of surrounding communities.

She told the villagers that Government would always prioritise their needs and having an officer in Lekutu to serve the people was part of it.

Mrs Vuniwaqa has also directed her team to continue with training programs for women’s group so they could be empowered economically to support their families and communities.

She visited the district on Saturday to open the Women’s Resource Centre in Votua Village.

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