Meet Meli Tokalau originally from Nasau village in Ra. He was representing the Tikina of Nalawa in the two-day Western Division Community Policing Symposium in Lautoka that ended yesterday.
Mr. Tokalau has admitted that he is one of those involved in criminal activities back in the ’80s and was well known for his action in the Qauiwa area in Lami.
He made his decision to go back to the village and utilize their land after he was beaten up by police officers for his illegal move.
He is now married with four children and is willing to assist any youth in his village and tikina considering what he had gone through in his young days.
“In my young days, I am always in trouble and don’t have money however this time I am willing to assist those especially young people that are in need ’’.
He is advising the public that understanding and assisting young people is one of the easiest ways of preventing crime though it may be challenging for some however through his experience, nothing is much better than supporting the younger generation.
He added better communication and keep youth busy so they don’t have time to resort to other criminal activities is something that we should all put in place be it at the village level, settlement, or urban areas.
According to Tokalau, an organized farming activity [solesolevaki] in his village is something that brings youth together and the unwavering support from the village elders and is urging everyone that's it's now time to work together for the betterment of our younger generation.
He is happy to be part of the Symposium this week as it broadens his knowledge on some other Crime Prevention aspects that need to be cascaded down to his village and tikina youth.