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Relocation talk laid to rest

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NO village from Namosi will relocate once the proposed mining project is approved by government.

These were the words of the Namosi Joint Venture (NJV) country manager Greg Morris yesterday while refuting claims by Namosi landowners that villagers would be relocated if the proposed mining project starts.

Following a tour to the drill site, journalists witnessed the work carried out by the three joint companies New Crest (Fiji) Limited, Mitsubishi Materials Corporation and Nittetsu Mining Co Limited that formed NJV since January 2008.

Mr Morris said there were speculations that they would relocate villagers once the mining projects were approved by the State. "We can guarantee now that no one will be relocated," he said.

He said some of the community issues raised on the Waisoi Project were water resources and quality, relocation, traffic transportation, environmental impact and future generation, employment business and other opportunities, impact on cultural heritage and compensation.