Friday, December 02, 2011

Illegal Regime Uses Illegal Land Bank To Undermine NLTB

by Sai Lealea

One of the lackeys of the current illegal regime disguising as a public servant, is now trumpeting what can only  be regarded as a deliberate attempt to undermine the future of the NLTB. Filimoni Kau appears to be casting aspersion and doubt over the legally instituted NLTB in contrast to his enthusiastic endorsement of his regime's illegal Land Bank in handling native land. What he has conveniently left out in his trumpet blowing, is how the Land Bank has been forced illegally on the native Fijians by the Dictator Bainimarama and his illegal government. It obviously matters little to him that Fijians never wanted or called for it to be set up in competition to the NLTB. But that is the modus operandi of an illegal regime staffed by people masquerading as public servants as Kau.

Most disturbing in Kau's biased comparison of the Land Bank to the NLTB is the lack of independent oversight and scrutiny of the operation of the Land Bank as it is fully controlled by the government of the day. It is therefore at its mercy to set its direction to suit its political agenda. That is exactly what the Land Bank is set up to do - satisfy the demand for land by foreign investors sweet talked by the Dictator in exchange for a cut for himself as reported by others. The landowners, of course will jump at any initiative that will generate them revenue, and that is what is happening. Long term damage to their land as a result of such use will be secondary as they will be expected to pick up on any environmental costs long term, well after the investors have left, to count their horde deposited in foreign banks.

Despite its various drawbacks, NLTB is Fijian controlled although vested with the State. Direct political interference is kept at bay by having the President as Chair of the NLTB Board and Council of Chiefs nominees in addition to government representation. That is the safeguard against political machinations in the original design of NLTB, now chucked out by the Dictator and his treasonous lot.

By his remarks below, Kau, by design or default, has contributed to the destruction of a Fijian institution in the same manner as the Dictator Bainimarama has systematically been doing with others. It will be the legacy they will be painted with in the years to come by Fijians who had placed their faith in the State to look after their land only to be trashed by people like Filimoni Kau. He will live to regret his untutored support for such an illegal act in years to come - long after his Dictator leader is locked away in prison. Kau would do well to reflect on his misguided support for an illegally set up institution that is now being used to tear down another, which Fijians had always regarded, as providing them the security and protection in how their lands are used and managed.

Filimone Kau

Read below Filimoni Kau's attempt to undermine the NLTB in favour of his favourite Land Bank

Bainimarama -Destroyer of Fijian institutions


Land bank a more attractive option, says Kau

Fiji Times - 01 December 2011

THERE is no conflict of interest between the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) and government's Land Use Bank, says permanent secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Filimoni Kau.

However, he said the future of TLTB as the leading authority on native land use and leasing still remained to be seen.

He said direct benefits to landowners and guaranteed security for investors through the Land Use Bank made it a more attractive option resulting with more investors expressing interest in local developments and a growing number of landowners opting for the government initiative.

"Right now, the Land Use Bank's role is to focus on government's need and this is reflected in our focus on key areas like tourism and agriculture," Mr Kau said.

"We leave the other areas to be managed by TLTB but what the future holds for TLTB, I don't know," he said, speaking to The Fiji Times at the launch of exploratory drilling for copper and gold deposits at Uciwai on Monday.

Mr Kau said while both organisations were driven by the same objectives, one provided more benefits to landowners over the other.

"Both institutions have two key objectives - one is to look at landowners' interests and ensure they get the best possible return and secondly, to make sure that land, which is a national asset, is put to productive use," he said.

"There is one clear advantage of the land bank, there are no extra costs or deductions from landowners - they get full revenue whereas with TLTB, landowners get 85 per cent while 15 per cent goes for administrative costs.

"There are a lot of investors expressing interest because land is readily available. The land bank does present a lot of merit in terms of making sure that land as a national asset and a prerequisite for national development can be readily obtained."

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1 comment:

Dylanarman said...

In comparison, the most disturbing bias Kau Bank land to NLTB is the lack of independent oversight and scrutiny of the operation of a land bank as it is fully controlled by the government of the day.

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