Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Hon. Jone Usamate distributed the 7th payout of fair share of mineral royalties in Nasomo, Vatukoula on Friday, 22nd May 2020.

The payout is the result of the gold and silver mined from beneath the Nasomo land for the period between December 2019 to February 2020 with a total value of approximately $66,665. This will be equitably distributed or shared amongst 123 Nasomo Landowners Trust members.

This payout is in accordance to Section 5 of the Fair Share of Mineral Royalties Act 2018 which states that 80% of mineral royalties be given to landowning units or customary fishing rights holders and 20% retained by the State.

“Today’s event is also a reflection of your Government’s foresight in ensuring continuous socio-economic empowerment of landowners and landowning units who contribute to national economic development by supporting mineral development projects undertaken on their land,” Hon. Minister said.

Hon. Minister Usamate thanked the Nasomo Landowners Trust and the Fiji Police Force for their support and teamwork in devising a plan that ensured the event adheres to the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place.

“We must all unite in this fight against COVID and play our part in helping with the government’s efforts to rehabilitate and rebuild our economy. The path to recovery will not be easy but I am confident that with our resilience and perseverance which Fijians are known for, we will get there together,” Hon. Minister added.

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