Ministry happy with VKB response

THE Ministry of iTaukei Affairs has applauded the positive response from the iTaukei community to register their names with the Vola ni Kawa Bula (VKB) or native registration of indigenous people.

The ministry’s permanent secretary Naipote Katonitabua said it was positive to see the iTaukei people being serious about their registration with the VKB.

At the recent Macuata Day in Labasa, people crowded one side of Subrail Park as they made their way to the VKB booth to check their registration.

While some joined the queue to register their names or check on their registration, others took an oath to confirm the death of loved ones whose names were still registered in the VKB.

According to the VKB team at Subrail Park, about 100 names of deceased people from 17 yavusa clans in Macuata that were still registered in the VKB have been removed from the list.

The team confirmed that relatives turned up in numbers on Thursday evening to confirm the death of their loved ones whose names were still in the VKB.

Mr Katonitabua said this was the first time for the VKB team to visit communities.

“We are changing our approach and it is important to note that if an indigenous is not registered in the VKB, then you cannot claim for lease money or other traditional titles,” he said.

“You need to be registered in the VKB and we are thankful to the iTaukei communities for turning up in big numbers to register their names in the VKB.

“An indigenous can better identify and connect themselves to their vanua when they know their details with the VKB.”

A team from the ministry will be at next week’s Adi Nadroga Festival.

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