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No more coups please: Youths

REPORT BY SAINIANA RADRODRO SODELPA media manager, Kadavu SODELPA youths in Kadavu are hoping there will be no more coups in the future. Nailoroloro Nagatalevu, 27, of Tavuki said young
25 Jul 2014 08:59

Nailoroloro Nagatalevu

REPORT BY SAINIANA RADRODRO
SODELPA media manager, Kadavu

SODELPA youths in Kadavu are hoping there will be no more coups in the future. Nailoroloro Nagatalevu, 27, of Tavuki said young people had left the country seeking greener pastures overseas because of the coups.
Youths in Kadavu still had reservations about the situation, they said. He was speaking during the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) meeting presided by the party leader and Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa in Tavuki , Kadavu, yesterday.
Mr Nagatalevu stated that though they appreciated developments being done by the Government of the day, they were uncomfortable with the style of governance.
Mr Nagatalevu holds a Diploma in Building and Civil Aviation from the Fiji Institute of Technology. He lost his job with the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities in 2012. He did not say why. He said he had since found it difficult to regain employment.
He shared that most youths in Kadavu were either farmers, fishermen or engaged in other forms of subsistence farming. “One of the biggest revenue earners for us is to run private punts as business opportunities where we cart people and produce to and from their destinations. The current Government recently through MSAF, had demanded that punt owners obtain operating licences which required registration and payment of fees as punt owners and punt operators. This is apart from requiring all vessels to have flares and life jackets and restricting the maximum number of passengers to around seven per trip.”
He said the increased costs had hit hard the youths who operated punts to carried passengers and cargo as a living.
“Also, some of us have paid for all the necessary fees to MSAF officials at the beginning of this year however we are still awaiting our licences to arrive. Sometimes when we traffic cargo or people especially at Vunisea, we are stopped and booked by Police who question where our licences are.
“Though we state that we have paid our required fees and are still awaiting our licences, we are still targeted,” he said.
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