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Resource depletion worry

Shayal Devi
Sunday, June 22, 2014

MANY youths around the country have raised their concerns about the Mining Act, says National Federation Party's youth leader Usaia Cirikiwai.

During a youth rally at Lautoka's Girmit Centre yesterday, he said young people were concerned at the way natural resources were being depleted.

"One of the biggest issues that we have spoken about is the Mining Act and many young people have said they wanted the mining laws reviewed," he said.

"After inheriting some of the decisions of their forefathers, young people are looking at our resources that are disappearing very fast.

"They also want more awareness and work to be done on climate change.

"Some other issues that they are hoping will be addressed by the new government is improving the health sector and getting more young people involved in agriculture."

He said the high unemployment rate was also a concern .

The rally attracted about 30 youths and Mr Cirikiwai said this was the follow-up to one conducted in Suva a few weeks ago.

"The third one is happening in Labasa next week and what we are trying to do is influence the manifestos before it is revealed and for that we need to gather a lot of issues from the young people and consultations need to come from the youths themselves.

"We are going door-to- door asking people what issues they are facing and we urge youths and interested groups to voice their issues."

He added these issues would be included in the party's manifesto.

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