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A threat on ecosystem

Vilimaina Naqelevuki
Thursday, February 01, 2018

DERELICT vessels pose a threat on Nukulau Island's marine ecosystem.

Vutia villagers in Rewa who are the iqoliqoli owners are concerned about the dire impact of the derelict vessels on its marine ecosystem.

Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa said there had not been any visitation or liaison by Government with the iqoliqoli owners on the removal of these derelict vessels near Nukulau Island.

"There have been no visitation or liaison with those who use the qoliqoli and Government with the exception of provincial council exchanges," Ro Teimumu said.

The province of Rewa undertook a clean-up campaign during National Environment Week on June 10 last year and a joint effort was made to the Government highlighting this issue, however, there were no ensuring responses.

"Surely, Government cannot pretend the matter has not been resolved in the last three years and despite the objects of the vanua vakaturaga o Rewa and parliamentary questions, government does not care.

"It seems futile after spending a lot amount of money, sending a recordbreaking international delegation to COP23 last year, Government has failed to address dire environmental dangers in its own front yard.

"Someone within Government has to take immediate steps to rectify the matter before further environmental derogation occurs."

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