Gavoka: People in West feel snubbed over assistance

SODELPA leader Viliame Gavoka. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

People in the Western Division locked down because of COVID-19 felt like they have been snubbed when Government was handing out food assistance, says SODELPA leader Viliame Gavoka.

He said over the past few days the party received calls from the division expressing disappointment over how they have been unfairly treated in terms of COVID-19 assistance.

“While we appreciate the initiative to assist people within the Suva-Nausori containment zones, those in the West feel snubbed,” Mr Gavoka said.

“It should not have been the case in the first place, as the Western Division is one of the worst-hit regions since February last year.”

For the past few weeks, he said numerous NGOs and faith-based organisations assisted many people affected by the lockdown.

He said the party also noted the agreement for an additional general budget support package of $55 million by the Australian government.

“We would be grateful if the people are informed as to how Government plans to utilise this grant and how it will best support them.”

He said a portion of this budget should be given to NGOs that are actively carrying out their work during this pandemic.

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