Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday directed the relocation of 23 families at Korovisima Settlement in Nadi, declaring the area as unsafe.
Upon the request of residents, the A-G and senior government officials visited the settlement to see for themselves the struggles settlement residents endured during bad weather.
“This place is unsafe for people to live in because it’s close to a river. They need to be relocated,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
He said there were other issues that residents raised with him and these matters had been looked into, such as the provision of water tanks.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum then requested the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya, if there was something available for these residents.
In response, Mr Koya said, “this is a very dangerous place to live in. They need immediate relocation and a safe place and we will go back and find out an immediate solution. This settlement has a very large number of people and it will require a large piece of land to relocate them”.
He added that they were looking at relocating these families to land that had been subdivided.
A resident, 32-year-old Makelesi Nabaya, said her family lived in the settlement for more than 30 years.
“This is a real good idea to relocate us because our settlement is located right next to the river and when it floods all the 23 houses go underwater,” she said.
“Our prayers have been heard and it has been a long time since we have been waiting for Government to step in.
“This settlement consists of 99 people. Some have lived here for generations and we want to thank this Government for this move to relocate us.”