Most Lau villagers yet to register in VKB

Roko Josefa Cinavilakeba during break at Studio 6 yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

MOST villagers in Lau have not been entered in the indigenous register known as the Vola ni Kawa Bula (VKB).

The reason given by many was the cost villagers had to bear and distance they had to travel to register their details.

During a presentation at the Lau Provincial Council meeting yesterday, provincial conservation officer Rusiate Misikivosa said every member of a mataqali had to be registered in the VKB.

He said the matter came to light after a team from the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs travelled to Lau to register children.

“Most of these kids’ parents are yet to be registered themselves,” he said.

“And this is because they have been away from Suva and because of the distance — most of them can’t pay for their fare to come and register their children.

“We are working together with the Lau Provincial Council Vola ni Kawa Bula officers, registering new births and children in the outer islands of Lau.

“We are happy that Government is providing the services at the moment.”

Mr Misikivosa added they were now working with the Ministry of Education and the births and deaths registry to address the issue.

“We are one of those countries in the Pacific known for this (to be registered in the VKB).

“It’s unique and it’s a must for every iTaukei.”

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