Advisory councillors in the North have been urged not to directly go to politicians and respect the Government machineries in place.

While addressing Advisory Councillors from Macuata in Labasa yesterday, Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Honourable Inia Seruiratu said by doing this, advisory councillors were also ensuring that civil servants were doing their jobs

.“Civil servants are paid better salaries now so if you have problems with their service, let us know so we can follow up with them and ensure that they improve their service,” Minister Seruiratu said.

“This is for advisory councillors and same thing goes for Turaga ni Koro’s, the district representatives – if you’re going to the Lands Ministry or TLTB and there has not been any response, go to the divisional commissioners.

“Come and raise your issues with them so they can follow up.”Minister Seruiratu said divisional commissioners had authority over all other Government departments in their respective divisions

He reminded the advisory councillors about their role as a stakeholder of Government on the ground and thanked them for assisting Government at community level on achieving a COVID-19 free Fiji.

The advisory councillors also raised issues of concern to their communities with Minister Seruiratu.

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