Ve­hi­cle, re­lief sup­plies set for TC Win­ston re­main at wharf

Fiji Sun - - NATION - ROSI DOVIVER­ATA Edited by Ranoba Baoa Feed­back: rosi.doviver­ata@fi­jisun.com.fj

Ave­hi­cle was part of a con­tainer sup­pos­edly car­ry­ing re­lief sup­plies from over­seas af­ter se­vere Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston in 2016 .

The ve­hi­cle is still in the same con­tainer at the Port of Suva.

Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Disas­ter Man­age­ment Inia Seruiratu told Viro vil­lagers that the same would hap­pen if proper clear­ance was not fol­lowed.

He was re­spond­ing to a question posed by Viro Pri­mary School man­ager, Sekope Qalo dur­ing a ta­lanoa ses­sion on Wed­nes­day. Mr Qalo in­quired about the pos­si­bil­ity of re­leas­ing a con­tainer loaded with re­lief items put to­gether by Viro vil­lagers re­sid­ing in Syd­ney. It was sent two years ago and re­mains at the wharf in Suva.

Mr Seruiratu said it was im­por­tant to first in­form the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers and in this case - the first point of con­tact was the Lo­maiv­iti Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor, As­esela Biu­tiv­iti. He would take the mat­ter fur­ther in­clud­ing with the Min­istry of Econ­omy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary if a con­ces­sion or waiver was ap­pli­ca­ble.

Mr Biu­tiv­iti said they had checked the con­tainer

in question. While it was ad­dressed to Viro Pri­mary School, items in­side were for other schools and in­di­vid­u­als.

As a re­sult, re­leas­ing the con­tainer be­came more dif­fi­cult.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s Ovalau tour in­cluded six min­is­ters and two as­sis­tant min­is­ters:

■ Min­is­ter for Health And Med­i­cal Ser­vices Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete

■ Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Disas­ter Man­age­ment, Inia Seruiratu

■ Min­is­ter for Lands and Min­eral Re­sources, In­fra­struc­ture and Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices, Jone Usa­mate

■ Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, En­vi­ron­ment and Water­ways, Ma­hen­dra Reddy

■ Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Mere­seini Vu­ni­waqa ■ Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Parveen Bala

■ As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Disas­ter Man­age­ment, Jale Si­garara

■ As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for iTaukei Af­fairs, Se­lai Adi­maitoga

Photo: Kel­era So­vasiga

Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Disas­ter Man­age­ment Inia Seruiratu with Ovalau iden­tity Ernest Dou­glas at the Levuka Town Hall on July 14, 2020.

Photo: Kel­era So­vasiga

Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Mere­seini Vu­ni­waqa (left), and As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for iTaukei Af­fairs, Se­lai Adi­maitoga on­board the Spirit of Love on July 16, 2020 as a Gov­ern­ment team re­turn from Ovalau.

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