$5.33m paid out for flood assistance; inspection ends

A total of 6,351 Fiji National Provident Fund members have received their flood assistance funds totaling $5.33 million.

The Fund’s inspection teams have distributed 13,646 forms issued to date and Chief Executive Officer Jaoji Koroi said inspection of the worst affected areas is now complete.

“We’ve shifted our focus to the processing of applications because most of the areas that were identified have been covered by our inspection teams.”

“The teams have been conducting follow up visits since Tuesday to members who had missed out during the initial inspection in their respective areas.”

“We continue to receive queries from members and we’ve taken note of the genuine cases while at the same time advising those who were not affected that this assistance is not for them.”

Mr. Koroi also thanked members for adhering to the Fund’s advice and remaining at their homes instead of looking for the teams.

All western offices, Ba, Lautoka, Namaka and Sigatoka, will be open tomorrow till 1pm to accept submissions of natural disaster applications.

Meanwhile, assistance will be extended to Kadavu next week and two teams will be Vunisea, which has been identified as the worst affected.

“We encourage affected members in Kadavu to ensure that they are ready with all their requirements and provide these to our teams when they are there.”

The Fund has been liaising with the Divisional Commissioners during the natural disaster response phase and continues to work closely with them as it provides the relevant assistance to its members living in the affected areas.

Members are reminded again that the Fund is a retirement savings scheme and withdrawals ultimately reduces their savings.