Fiji Minister For Youth And Sports Supports Draft Village Bylaws

Under plan, men must have house, farm before being allowed to marry

By Luisa Qiolevu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 3, 2017) – Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou has thrown his support behind draft village bylaws requiring men to have house and farm before being allowed to marry.

Mr Tuitubou said it was a good idea because it allowed youths to work the land and prepare for a better future.

"This is one of the great ideas by far because most marriages that we have seen in the past don't last long and one of the reasons is they don't have a secure home to keep their families together and no farm to plant their food to feed their families," he said.

Mr Tuitubou said the village bylaws would work well for iTaukei youths because they had land to work on and prepare themselves for the future.

"These very laws used to take place back in the days, especially in villages and it's a good thing that it returns so our youths can work hard and make use of the land," he said.

"When there is no house, children are not brought up well. When there is no farm to provide them food children end up begging and families break up because of all this and it leads to social problems and having these bylaws would solve some of this problems faced in our country today."

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