Training mandate queried

TLTB. Picture:FILE

THE iTaukei Trust Fund Board has admitted that not enough investment was done to fulfil their mandate in assisting iTaukei landowners on the protection of their resources.

This issue came to light after the Opposition MP Salote Radrodro queried the board’s chief executive officer Aisake Taito in Parliament yesterday on their mandate to assist iTaukei resource owners as listed in their annual report of 2017.

While scrutinising the board’s annual report before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, she said the board had come out strong on their various investments but failed to mention anything on human investment.

“The fund holds $120 million but the question is if they have provided skills training to iTaukei and Rotuman resource owners as in their mandate.

“Indigenous resource owners need training to make them aware of their resources and how to utilise them. Some iTaukei resource owners don’t even know how to read the law,” Mrs Radrodro said.

In response, Mr Taito said the Opposition MP had highlighted a valid point.

“We are going to take this into account. There has been little done to address the issue of enhancing the skills and knowledge involving the iTaukei natural resource owners,” he said.

Mr Taito said he would provide an update before the committee in the next financial year.

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