Delay of payments a concern for PCN
February 23, 2018 1:16 am
The People’s Community Network is concerned with the delay of payments by tenants in the first phase of the Lagilagi housing Project.
The project has been put in place by the PCN to provide a better living for those living in squatter settelemts in Suva’s Jittu Estate.
PCN National Director, Semiti Qalowasa says about twenty families out of seventy-six tenants have not paid their cost of the unit over the last four years.
“This is another big question for us, is this housing affordable for people or should we look at other alternative for people who fall into the cracks to go into. Because not everyone can pay $50 or $40 a week but I think everyone can pay a packet of cigarette every week. So I think the priority for people too should be set right otherwise they will continue to prioritize other things than housing. When we look at people in informal settlements, we have to be really careful of who can afford to programme.”
Qalowasa says they will take legal actions against these tenants adding they will re-look at the programme.
He adds it was the Cabinets decision to give the first chance to residents of Jittu Estate to apply for the units in the Lagilagi Housing Project.