Villagers cry foul

VILLAGERS on an island in Bua Province claim they are tired of filling forms distributed by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation without seeing any result.

The concern was made known to the Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management, Joeli Cawaki last week.

The villagers of Yadua claimed they had filled numerous forms for monthly financial assistance from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, but they have received nothing so far.

Mereia Ravasiga, 70, said she had filled more than five forms.

Mrs Ravasiga said they had to give a passport photo every time the social welfare officers visited the island.

“We sometimes think that it is some kind of joke that they are playing because every time they visit us they will only ask for the same things that they have taken from us in the previous visits,” she said.

Another villager, Vasiti Saku, said she had hoped to see a representative from the Ministry of Poverty Alleviation during the tour.

In response, Mr Cawaki said all issues would be addressed.

“We will not let this matter rest here, we will make sure that all issues are addressed,” he said.

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