Monday, July 07, 2008

Cakau lets in charter team

Cakau lets in charter team
SERAFINA SILAITOGA
Saturday, July 05, 2008

CAKAUDROVE yesterday accepted the People's Charter team but it does not mean the province will adopt the paper.

The comment came after the National Council for Building a Better Fiji commended Cakaudrove for welcoming the team. NCBBF reps will visit the 14 districts of Cakaudrove.

Epeli Matata, the spokesman for the Tui Cakau, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, said the charter team presented a sevusevu which was accepted.

"But that does not mean we have accepted the charter because we have not and will not. The decision made by the chiefs in April will remain unchanged.

"The charter team can go to the villages in Cakaudrove and advise our people about the charter but it will not make any difference to our decision," Mr Matata said.

He said the charter team was wasting its time visiting Cakaudrove.

The NCBBF stated five local public relations team supported by Technical And Support Secretariat (TASS) officials were around the rugged terrain of Cakaudrove and the islands. TASS official Filimone Kau said the decision was positive and should be applauded.

"Cakaudrove is among the few provinces which has taken a while to approve the awareness program for the people," Mr Kau said.

"Like everything else, it is imperative that people at all levels get to hear about the charter before making a decision on its merits and demerits," he added.

Roko Tui Cakaudrove Waisale Wainiqolo, who is spearheading the awareness, was thankful to Ratu Naiqama for his approval.

The two-week public relations program include visiting the 140 villages on the mainland and the islands, distributing and ensuring that the villagers read the consultation document for the preparation of the State of the national and economy report, explaining the People's Charter process, answering questions and collecting submissions from the people.

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