The Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Hon. Jone Usamate officially opened the new lands office In Rakiraki on the 22nd of February 2021.
Hon. Minister said that from now, lessees in Rakiraki and Tavua will no longer have to travel to Lautoka as all State Lease services are being offered at the Rakiraki Office in Rakiraki Town.
He said that the opening of the Rakiraki office is in alignment to the National Development Plan goal on Structural Reforms including the Land Reform in “Enhancing land use administration through improving and strengthening administration of lease processes”.
He added that it is also in line with the Civil Service Reform in decentralizing its services to the public for their convenience so that the public ‘spend less for more’ effective government service.
“The Rakiraki office will be responsible for the services of 3240 lease files; this includes 1546 files for Tavua and 1694 files for Rakiraki.”
“This office will carry on the normal operation of general customer services and ground works such as lease inspection, file submissions for a new lease application, consent to land dealings, complaints and general land enquiries," he said.
A team of 5 dedicated officials will be serving the 2 districts.
“Through bringing our services to the people of Rakiraki and Tavua, the Ministry anticipates greater work efficiency and transparency, better governance and encourages local development,” he said.
He added that the Ministry also has plans to open another office in Nadi or Sigatoka in the near future to meet the demand.