Clean Up Com­mu­nity, Says PM

‘Huge amount of rub­bish was among the as­so­ci­ated fac­tors that are caus­ing ma­jor floods in the ar­eas’

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Edited by Paula Tu­vuki WAISEA NA­SOKIA Feed­back: waisean@fi­jisun. com.fj

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama is urg­ing com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by the re­cent floods to start clean­ing up their sur­round­ings. He made the com­ments while vis­it­ing those af­fected by floods in Nadi yes­ter­day fol­low­ing his vis­its to Raki­raki, Tavua and Ba on Thurs­day. Mr Bain­i­marama said peo­ple must not wait around but must do the right thing. The Prime Min­is­ter vis­ited the flood-prone ar­eas in the Nadi peri-ur­ban ar­eas such as Nawa­jikuma, Nawaka Levu and Nadi Back Road. Mr Bain­i­marama said the huge amount of rub­bish was among the as­so­ci­ated fac­tors that are caus­ing ma­jor floods in the ar­eas. He said, “We have to clean up and we have to clear that as soon as pos­si­ble. “We need the en­vi­ron­ment to be clean; com­mu­ni­ties should get to­gether and stop throw­ing rub­bish here and there as this will block drainage.” He also in­di­cated that im­prov­ing drainage strate­gi­cally is the Gov­ern­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­ity which would be­gin with con­sul­ta­tion from rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties. “We won’t be able to move peo­ple from here to some­where else since they have bought land here but there is need to talk to com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing here to clear their rub­bish. If they can­not then they should be fined.”

Ad­vi­sory coun­cil­lor Roop Narayan said there are over 1500 peo­ple liv­ing in the area of Nawe­jikuma.

“Af­ter the di­rec­tive of the Prime Min­is­ter some­thing tough will need to be done to keep our liveli­hood clean,” Mr Narayan said. The Prime Min­is­ter also stressed the clean-up cam­paign to the 416 evac­uees re­sid­ing at the Andrews Pri­mary School. School pres­i­dent Ab­dul Sat­tar said: “Our school has been al­ways opened as a evac­u­a­tion cen­tre and peo­ple from nearby set­tle­ments to take shel­ter.” He thanked the Prime Min­is­ter for pro­mot­ing clean-up cam­paigns in the nearby set­tle­ments. Mr Sat­tar added there will need to be spray­ing of mos­quito chem­i­cals too.

Photo: WAISEA NA­SOKIA

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama dur­ing the his visit in Nawa­jikuma Set­tle­ment in Nadi yes­ter­day.

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