29 Dec 2011

Suva official calls for more action on homelessness in capital

8:25 am on 29 December 2011

A Suva City Council official hopes in the New Year there'll be more effort to get beggars, street kids, homeless people and prostitutes off the Fiji capital's streets.

The city's special administrator, Chandu Umaria, says the problem in Suva is no worse than other cities around the world but he says there are more people posing problems on the streets than previously.

Mr Umaria says there's a need to speak with these people to find out why they are on the streets.

He says the current and previous governments have had programmes to ease the impact of poverty but more needs to be done.

"There's always room for improvement and I am not saying that we haven't done anything, we have done a lot, and it's about time that everyone gets together and see if we can reduce this problem or we can completely remove this problem out of our society."