Returning seasonal worker under the Australia Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) Luke Cama yesterday received a 23 feet fibre glass boat with a 40 horsepower outboard engine and building materials for the completion of his house under the Self Help Program 2017/2018 from the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development.
Cama was engaged under the Australian SWP in 2017 and saved a total of $FJD26,000 from the programme.
The Provincial Administrator (PA) Lau, Eliki Masa said that Cama deposited $5,328 for his fibre glass boat of which government paid a two-third (2/3) of $10,656 under the Self Help Programme.
“He also paid $3,166.00 for the completion of his house of which government paid $9,000.00 for the procurement of building materials.
PA Lau thanked Cama and praised him for his confidence and focus that resulted in the benefit from the initiatives provided under the Fijian Government.
Deputy Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Vilimone Baledrokadroka highlighted that seasonal work is challenging for first timers, and to return to Fiji with a saving of $26,000 is a great achievement for the Government.
He also congratulated and thanked Cama for being goal centered and remaining focused towards the opportunity provided by government.
Cama thanked the divine providence and the Government for the employment opportunity that allows him to improve living standards back home and also in providing assistance to the community.
Cama was registered under the seasonal work employment opportunities in Matuku, Lau and also have undergone his medical assessment and physical fitness test
He was employed with MADEC in Queensland engaging in Banana picking and was contracted for the duration of six (6) months period.