Min­eral Re­sources De­part­ment ap­plauds turnout

Fiji Sun - - North News - JOSAIA RALAGO Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: josaia.ralago@fi­jisun. com.fj

The Min­eral Re­sources De­part­ment have ap­plauded mem­bers of the pub­lic in the North for a pos­i­tive turnout to their aware­ness pro­gramme. The three-day pro­gramme which ends to­day has been at­tract­ing stu­dents and adults alike to the old burnt Mor­ris Hed­strom site in the mid­dle of Labasa Town.

Direc­tor Re­jieli Taga said with an ab­sence of a proper of­fice in the North, aware­ness pro­grammes as such were one of the best ways to in­tro­duce their vi­sion and mis­sion to the pub­lic. “This pro­gramme is to cre­ate aware­ness with the pub­lic of the de­part­ment’s role and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in terms of nat­u­ral re­sources de­vel­op­ment and other ser­vices we pro­vide,” Ms Taga said. “Ar­eas of our work in­clude ground­wa­ter as­sess­ment, min­ing, min­eral ex­plo­ration, quar­ry­ing, river gravel ex­trac­tion man­age­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment and 24/7 mon­i­tor­ing of seis­mo­log­i­cal events.” She said an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the pro­gramme was to pro­mote ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in their field to stu­dents as there were only a hand­ful of spe­cial­ists in the coun­try. “The cur­rent pro­gramme would also like to present to stu­dents the ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties that are re­quired of the work we do. These are spe­cialised fields which re­quire spe­cial train­ing and such qual­i­fied peo­ple are scarce to find lo­cally,” Ms Taga said.

It is un­der­stood that there are a lack of ge­ol­o­gists and min­ing engi­neers in the coun­try. She added there were no plans to have an of­fice in the North at the mo­ment. “Turnout has been great and there are no plans to have an MRD Sta­tion in the North. Maybe in the fu­ture, but as of now the of­fice is only in Suva,” she said.

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