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More National Shame

More areas have been spotted where people continue to dump their rubbish by the road. After the Fiji Sun highlighted this national shame, the Minister for Environment, Parveen Kumar, launched
13 Aug 2015 13:23
More National Shame
Nadonumai in Lami. Photo: Rama

More areas have been spotted where people continue to dump their rubbish by the road.

After the Fiji Sun highlighted this national shame, the Minister for Environment, Parveen Kumar, launched a national name and shame campaign with hopes that this would deter people from committing this shameful act.

The Department of Environment will now embark on a two-phase programme directed at bringing the full force of the law on those who litter.

This call for people to take ownership of our environment has come from the top level of Government as well.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched a scathing attack on this shameful act on August 1 while opening the Votualevu Public School extension in Nadi.

“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 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?

“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.

“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.”

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