10 Oct 2003

Fiji government buys back more freehold land

12:09 pm on 10 October 2003

The Fiji government is buying back more freehold land to return to its original indigenous owners.

The Fiji Times reports that the latest purchases involve four properties in different parts of the country.

It quotes the minister for lands, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu as saying buying back freehold land is part of the government's blueprint policy to help indigenous Fijiians.

Six properties were bought last year.

Meanwhile Ratu Naiqama says tenants of large tracts of state land which were returned to indigenous owners last year and whose leases will not be reviewed, will be compensated.

The minister says these tenants have been placed in precarious positions because they will not have new leases despite previous written commitments from the director of lands.