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Punjas Give, A-G Praises Businesses Who Help

A total of 5000 relief food packages worth $125,000 were donated by Punja and Sons Limited yesterday to assist those who had been directly affected by Cyclone Winston. Attorney-General and
27 Feb 2016 13:47
Punjas Give, A-G Praises Businesses Who Help
Sharing the light of hope…Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while visiting people sheltering at Tavua College evacuation center yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

A total of 5000 relief food packages worth $125,000 were donated by Punja and Sons Limited yesterday to assist those who had been directly affected by Cyclone Winston.

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum thanked the company for the generosity shown during such difficult times.

“This shows the generosity and the resilience of the Fijian people including all the businesses that have contributed and I would like to thank them for this, especially Punja & Sons for the contribution,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He also encouraged other businesses to show the true Fijian spirit and contribute as well.

“This is the time we all need to come together as a devoted nation, avoiding personality clashes or politics in whatever we do in the interest of all Fijians to ensure that we all come together and recover very quickly from the great tragedy that has hit us,” he said.

“We would like to urge other business houses to come forward like Punja & Sons.

“The sooner everybody comes together to bring everyone to the normal productivity level, the community will start moving too.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also mentioned that a cumulative assessment would be done but immediate issues needed to be addressed first.

“At the moment we are estimating about a billion dollar loss that obviously does not mean infrastructure loss but in terms of productivity loss, lost opportunities, so a cumulative assessment will continue,” he said.

“We will be carrying out a survey in terms of what has been the total damage but that would take some time to get an exact figure.

“Immediate issues like food, shelter, water and damaged facilities need to be addressed first,” the Attorney-General said.

 

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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