Osea Naiqamu tells Opposition to stop politicizing Bill No.17

Osea Naiqamu tells Opposition to stop politicizing Bill No.17

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 30/07/2021
FijiFirst MP and former Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu. [Image: File Photo]

FijiFirst MP and former Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu is pleading to the Opposition not to politicize Bill No.17 but look at it as an opportunity, not only for landowners but for Fiji as a whole.

While supporting the Bill to amend the iTaukei Land Trust Act, Naiqamu told the Opposition to stop misleading landowners, especially the people in the Western Division.

He says Members of Parliament should remember the events of 1987 and 2000, where the people were being used and misguided with falsehood by the failed politicians.

Naiqamu adds the amendment can create value for landowners and business opportunities for their land.

The former Minister for Forestry says this amendment is basically streamlining the processes of doing business on iTaukei land and it does not take away the right of ownership as stated in the 2013 Constitution.

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