Mineral Resources Department applauds turnout
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.