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Marijuana, Poor Education Standards: Kadavu Focus

This Kadavu Provincial Council is concerned with drug abuse, domestic violence and poor education standards. On education, chairperson Ratu Seci Nawalowalo said they were concerned Kadavu students were missing out
05 Oct 2016 11:00
Marijuana, Poor Education   Standards: Kadavu Focus
Ministry of iTaukei affairs Permanent Secretary Naipote Katonitabua (right) speaking during Kadavu Provincial Council annual meeting yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

This Kadavu Provincial Council is concerned with drug abuse, domestic violence and poor education standards.

On education, chairperson Ratu Seci Nawalowalo said they were concerned Kadavu students were missing out of scholarships.

“The issue came up in 2014 when the Government started the Toppers Scholarship and the Loan Scheme Scholarship. Our main concern is that our students in the island did not get the scholarship but our people in Suva, Labasa, Lautoka and in the city, they manage to get through. It  shows that our schools in Kadavu are not well equipped.”

The council began its meeting in Suva yesterday and will conclude today.

Kadavu Island has 75 villages, three secondary schools and 29 primary schools. It is the fourth largest island in Fiji.

“One of the important things that we will be talking about in this meeting is our plans and what we need to do so that our children can get the scholarship in the future.”

The council is expecting to receive a report on the issue from their Education Committee.

 

Drug abuse and domestic violence.

Marijuana cultivation is also high on the agenda.

Ratu Seci said: “Every year, in every meeting we talk about the Marijuana issues on Kadavu. Not only in the Council meeting but also in village meetings and district meetings. Every year, we know that the problem is there.”

He said that the council had been working with the Police in trying to deal with the problem.

“We have given the Police the authority to come and try and clean up the island but unfortunately it can’t really be destroyed. Even after the Police burnt the place it grows again on its own, no need for planting.

“The villagers are helpful because whenever they see or hear someone planting marijuana they report the matter and this is why Police have arrested plenty people lately.”

Ratu Seci said that it was going to be really difficult in trying to stop people cultivating marijuana because the markets were there.

“The emphasis now is that we should go for the buyers and stop them from buying. Once we stop them then there’s no other place to market these things and then it will eventually stop.’’

Ratu Seci advised the people of Kadavu to stop the use of marijuana.

He said: “People who are using it are those that are suffering. Every village, there are people who are suffering because of marijuana. So I advise people to first of all stop cultivating it and stop using it. But the main thing is to stop the market.”

“Police will be submitting reports on what they’re doing in Kadavu and I’m sure that the issues that they’ll come up with are mostly marijuana and other issues like child abuse or women abuse. We ask the people to really love one another, love our children and our women. Stop the abuse because it gives a bad image of our island.”

 

Edited by Maraia Vula

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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