Market vendors who sell their produce and crafts at municipal council markets around the country will soon no longer have to pay to use council toilet facilities.

Starting 23 March, any market vendor who pays market stall fees will be able to use council toilets free of charge.

The decision to eliminate fees for market vendors was made following consultations between the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Hon. Parveen Bala. The Attorney-General said that this was another way the FijiFirst Government can assist market vendors.

“Most people – including those who work in offices – have access to free toilet facilities. But until now, vendors who spend full working days at the markets had no other choice but to pay to use toilets,” he explained.

The Attorney-General said that one of the FijiFirst Government’s main priorities was to improve the conditions for market vendors in Fiji.

“Municipal markets are at the heart of our towns and cities and market vendors provide a service that all Fijians value and appreciate. This decision complements the huge amount of work we have been doing over the past few years to upgrade Fiji’s markets and to build safe and hygienic conditions for vendors,” he said.

The Attorney-General said that this was also a good example of how the FijiFirst Government listens to the concerns of ordinary Fijians and takes prompt action to address them.

“When we were at the Lautoka Market today a number of vendors approached us directly to raise this concern,” he said. “We want to thank them for bringing this issue to our attention and we are happy that we have been able to produce a positive outcome for them,” he said.

The Attorney-General also thanked the Minister for Local Government, Hon. Parveen Bala, for his quick and decisive intervention. “The Minister took immediate action to address this issue, once again underlining the FijiFirst Government’s principle philosophy – to deliver and to serve,” he said.

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