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300 tonnes of building materials to be shipped to Koro this Saturday

The Attorney-General and Minister of Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in a ministerial statement in parliament revealed that three hundred tonnes of building materials will be shipped to the island of Koro this Saturday to assist homes affected by TC Winston. The AG said five hundred and nine homes have been assisted in Vanua Balavu and […]

Salote Qalubau

June 1, 2016 3:00 pm

The Attorney-General and Minister of Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in a ministerial statement in parliament revealed that three hundred tonnes of building materials will be shipped to the island of Koro this Saturday to assist homes affected by TC Winston.

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. (Fijian Government)
Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. (Fijian Government)

The AG said five hundred and nine homes have been assisted in Vanua Balavu and two-thousand five hundred and sixty-two homes in Lomaiviti.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Government is also providing specified shipping services for them to be able to take their goods but we obviously needed the volume so I’m glad to announce also Madam Speaker that the hardware material delivery to Koro Island will be on this Saturday the 4th of June by Patterson Shipping approximately 300-tonnes of building material will be delivered.”

In response Opposition MP Hon. Mosese Bulitavu said it would be useless for members of the public to use the building materials being provided as part of the “Help for Homes” initiative as it would be wiser for them relocate to another location.

BULITAVU: “The case of false information regarding the initiative could have been avoided if the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation had assessed applications for the initiative and the 36 cases wouldn’t have happened. Also the cost of transporting the materials from the Wharf to the villages will have to be paid by the people. Government should have put the material there and deployed the RFMF to construct the houses.”

Opposition MP Hon. Prem Singh also voiced his concerns regarding the initiative.

SINGH: “Any initiative to assist those affected is commendable and I note that the Attorney-General has highlighted the proccedures. The informal sector is entitled to $1,500 under the vakavanua concept and asking them to adhere to building code will only result in building a shack.”

Hon. Singh also questioned when the “Post-Disaster Assessment” report be tabled in parliament.

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