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Keep Animals Off Our Roads, Says Dr Raju

Keep Animals Off Our Roads, Says Dr Raju
Stray animals along the new road from Wailoaloa to Narewa in Nadi. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
April 24
10:25 2016

The Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry have called on livestock owners in Nadi to keep their animals away from roads.

This is after the Fiji Sun spotted stray animals loitering along the new Wailoaloa Road towards the Denarau Road at Narewa Village in Nadi.

NCCI president Dr Ram Raju said authorities should work closely with animal owners to create more awareness and educate them on the importance of keeping their animals away from the roads.

“Stray animals on the roads are just like stray bullets,” Dr Raju said.

“Nearly every morning and evening, we see people leading herds of cows and goats along the roads – this is totally unacceptable,” Dr Raju said.

He said it was sad to note that accidents could happen on our roads if such negligence continued.

“Such actions confuse the drivers and place the lives of innocent people at risk. If people don’t have enough land to graze their animals, they should not be allowed to farm them at all.”

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) programme manager for the Nadi and Suva road upgrade project (NASRUP), Zaina Khan, shared similar sentiments on stray animals.

“We are advising those who own the animals to keep them out of the road boundary,” she said.

“These roads are new and we do not want lives to be lost on these roads just because of some stray animals.”

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