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More Boreholes For Fijians

The Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Mereseini Vuniwaqa said this year the Department of Mineral Resources aimed to drill boreholes in 20 settlements around Fiji. Mrs Vuniwaqa revealed this
19 May 2015 09:45
More Boreholes For Fijians
Opposition member Viliame Gavoka (left), with Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management Joeli Cawaki outside Parliament yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Mereseini Vuniwaqa said this year the Department of Mineral Resources aimed to drill boreholes in 20 settlements around Fiji.

Mrs Vuniwaqa revealed this while responding to an oral question raised by Government parliamentarian Balmindar Singh on the nature of the ministry’s contribution this year to the provision of safe drinking water to Fijians as stated in the Constitution.

“We have a target every year and there has been a budget reallocation of $2.6 million for the purchase of a new rig to assist the department in reaching our target,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

Opposition member Viliame Gavoka, meanwhile claims Vusama villagers outside Natadola are drinking water from a borehole which is full of toads.

Mr Gavoka questioned Mrs Vuniwaqa about whether Government could establish a special formula as to how they could divide the contribution between what communities could pay in order to get a proper borehole dug up for their water.

“How we get this list of settlements is usually through requests from the settlement themselves. They write to us asking us to drill boreholes in their communities so what we do we carry out assessments and ground water assessments to see if there is a source of water in the area and we will gladly look into the area,” she said.

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