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Road, works for Rotuma

Saturday, October 24, 2009

THIRTY Public Works Department workers leave for Rotuma today to oversee the completion of road and infrastructure projects.

Ministry of Transport spokeswoman Sainiana Waqainabete said during the Rotuma Day celebrations last year, the Government gave a commitment to complete a number of projects.

"These upgrade projects are expected to be completed by December 1 and the trip to Rotuma by PWD workers is to oversee its completion," she said. "Some of the projects include upgrade works at Oinafa jetty, widening of the road around the island and routine maintenance."

Ms Waqainabete said other government projects include upgrading drainage systems and the building of a new PWD depot in Rotuma.

"The necessary works carried out on the island are assisted by a group of engineers and officers from the RFMF," she said.

Ms Waqainabete said government staff would be transported to the island on MV Suilven, hired under the Shipping Franchise Scheme.

She added the shortage of vessels servicing the island was an issue for relevant shipping companies to look into.

A contributor to the Rotuma website, Henry Enasio, said the quarantine building on the island is near completion.

"The Tuvalu market is yet to be up and running. The remaining materials and machinery for the quarantine building are expected to arrive from Suva on a Government boat," he said in his post.

Mr Enasio added that fruits during the festive season were plentiful but if the dry weather continued, all produce planted for the Tuvalu market would be badly affected.