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Gravel Extraction Designed To Help Villagers: NDCL

Namosi Development Company Limited (NDCL), says its gravel extraction in the Navua River is designed to help the Nakavu villagers. Managing director Ratu Kiniviliame Taukeinikoro and project manager Jose Tuilawaki,
29 Jan 2016 11:23
Gravel Extraction Designed To Help Villagers: NDCL
The Navua River.

Namosi Development Company Limited (NDCL), says its gravel extraction in the Navua River is designed to help the Nakavu villagers.

Managing director Ratu Kiniviliame Taukeinikoro and project manager Jose Tuilawaki, have expressed their disappointment over a prohibition notice served on NDCL while others were allowed to continue to extract gravel.

“Our priority is to try and straighten the Navua River alongside Nakavu Village to stop the continuous erosion that is badly affecting the village and to construct a river buffer on the river side of the village,” said Ratu Kiniviliame.

He said the erosion over the years had washed away part of a 10-acre dairy farm and part of the village cemetery.

Some villagers he said had relocated their homes to the north-eastern side of the village.

He said on December 21, last year, they received a copy of a letter to TLTB (iTaukei Land Trust Board) from the Department of Environment suggesting additional condition to TLTB’s licence to NDCL.

“We were very happy. Then December 30, we received a Prohibition Notice stopping us from carrying out any further work on the river.

“Within three months of operation NDCL paid over $80,000 in royalties to TLTB for the people of Nakavu.”

He said they needed justice because they were the first iTaukei-owned company extracting gravel from the Navua River.

Ratu Kiniviliame said they had been struggling to get financial support from the bank for nearly three years. They were unsuccessful until they entered in a joint venture with a Chinese investor.

“It is over four weeks since so much talk complaints and lies had been told about All Earth Works Company carrying out gravel extraction along the Navua River opposite Nakavu Village. The truth is that All Earth Works is operating under Namosi Development Company Ltd gravelling licence.”

He said the people of Nakavu owned the qoliqoli rights of the river.

The application, he said, was also lodged with the Lands Department for a licence for gravel extraction.

After waiting for eight months, he said, they approached TLTB which gave NDCL a licence.

He said they needed justice because they were the first iTaukei-owned company extracting gravel from the Navua River

Edited by Maraia Vula

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