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Rubbish Shame

An annoyed Prime Minister yesterday expressed his disgust over the indiscriminate dumping of rubbish. Voreqe Bainimarama said it was a “disgrace and a national embarrassment we ought to be ashamed
01 Aug 2015 10:06
Rubbish Shame
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimama

An annoyed Prime Minister yesterday expressed his disgust over the indiscriminate dumping of rubbish.

Voreqe Bainimarama said it was a “disgrace and a national embarrassment we ought to be ashamed of.”

He called on the young to take the lead and make Fiji clean.

Speaking to students at the opening of the Votualevu Public School extension in Nadi yesterday, he said: “As Prime Minister, I’m giving you an important job to do today. I’m giving you the authority to become a pest on this issue. No matter how old you are, you can tell people – “Oi, don’t put that rubbish there. Please do the right thing. Take it away and put it in the bin”.

He said he was  annoyed with the amount of rubbish everywhere in Fiji.

“I’m deadly serious about this. We can’t say to the World “Fiji is where happiness finds you” only for them to come here and see the sad state of rubbish alongside some of our roads and beaches,” he said. “Let’s work together as a nation to clean up Fiji once and for all.

“I was really disgusted when I last drove along the Queens Road about the amount of litter on the side of the road – the empty cans, bottles and cartons, paper and plastic wrappers of all kinds, plastic bags, even dirty nappies.

“All sorts of rubbish that simply shouldn’t be there.

“It’s meant to be one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Fiji – the route our international visitors take along the Coral Coast to the various resorts. But selfish, unthinking Fijians have turned it into a rubbish tip.

“The same goes for many roads throughout Fiji. One of the worst is the Princes Road from Suva to Nausori through Colo-i-Suva and Sawani.

“Colo-i-Suva is meant to be a protected rain forest area with a wonderful park where you can really get close to nature and enjoy the experience. But the journey up there is marred by all the rubbish on the side of the road.

“I want to pose this question to every Fijian: You wouldn’t dump rubbish inside your home. You wouldn’t litter your living area with bottles and cans or dirty nappies. So why dump rubbish all over our beautiful countryside?

“When you go to someone else’s house, you don’t toss your rubbish into their yard or stub your cigarette out on their floor. So why do it in our public areas? Those parts of our nation are owned by everyone and we all have a responsibility to look after.

“And you can do so in our parks and on our beaches, some of which are in a disgusting state.

“The state of the beach at Suva Point is a disgrace. The state of Saweni Beach is a disgrace. Our beautiful harbour foreshore in Suva is strewn with rubbish. It has to stop. And I again appeal to the children of Fiji to take the lead.

“You can dispose of your own rubbish properly. But you can also urge your brothers and sisters and your parents and grandparents to also do the right thing.

“I’m going to talk to my Minister for Environment about taking further action through Government.

“But do we really need to have heavy penalties for littering to get people to finally wake up? I certainly hope not. Because shame is a powerful thing in Fiji. And I hope the shame of this is enough to finally get everyone moving.

“Remember boys and girls, no matter how old you are, you can be part of this campaign. To Clean Up Fiji and really make it the way the world should be.”

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