24th August 07:35 AM
NFP will not remove good policies implemented by previous governments - Tikoduadua
By Vijay Narayan and Iva Danford
Saturday 15/09/2018
NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad and President of the National Federation Party Pio Tikoduadua at a NFP meeting in Tamavua-i-Wai village

No government will remove the good policies that were implemented by previous governments and the NFP government will continue with these good policies.

These were the sentiments of the President of the National Federation Party Pio Tikoduadua when questioned during a NFP meeting in Tamavua-i-Wai Village if NFP will beat what the FijiFirst has done for the people in terms of assistance.

While speaking to about 15 people, Tikoduadua says that these are policies that are good for the people but that is not their holistic life.

He says there are other things in life that people should treasure and that is what NFP stands for and not just assistance.

Meanwhile NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad says that whatever the FijiFirst is saying about other governments taking these policies away if they come into power, is not true.

Professor Prasad then said that the FijiFirst is copying the policies that they had come up with.

He also said that while travelling around the country in the last 6 months, he has not witnessed anyone speaking about race and religion.

Professor Prasad has also stressed that they do not have a lot of information on the current Land Bank and how it works.

This comes after a concerned resident of Tamavua-i-Wai village questioned Professor Prasad on how the Land Bank works.

Prasad says government says its working but the party hears different stories about how it is working.

Meanwhile, Party President Pio Tikoduadua says that he was in government when the Land Bank was established because there were concerns in the iTaukei Affairs on the policies back then that did not help in developments and was more of an obstacle.

Tikoduadua says the Land Bank was also formed to fast track the process of leasing land.

He says most of these things are not clear in its motives.

According to the Land Use Act, 60% of the members of a landowning unit have to agree to deposit their iTaukei land under the Land Bank system.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had earlier said that the government will consider the views of majority of the members in a landowning unit if they want their land to be deposited and leased.

The Act states that its objective is to utilise designated native land in a manner that is in the best interest of the native landowners.

The government has said that the Land Use Unit is facilitating the efficient leasing of land which is idle and unutilised under terms and conditions that are attractive to the landowner and tenant.

The lease rental is based on market rates and landowners receive the full amount as there is no administration cost involved.

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