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Tavea’s 3 Boats To Ease Transport Woes

The benefits from the logging of pine trees that belong to the three tribes of Tavea are beginning to pay off with the delivery of three fibreglass boats on Friday
11 Dec 2016 11:00
Tavea’s 3 Boats To Ease Transport Woes
Valebasoga Tropik Boards Limited director Mukhtar Ali (fourth from the left) beside the founder, Aladin shaking hands with the people from Mataqali Naqilai after receiving three boats in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

The benefits from the logging of pine trees that belong to the three tribes of Tavea are beginning to pay off with the delivery of three fibreglass boats on Friday by contractual logger Valebasoga Tropik Boards Limited.

“We had an agreement with VTBL that they would log our pine trees from the 500 acre land at Lekutu District within a period of four to five years,” mataqali Naqilai spokesperson Eparama Sailo said.

“They began logging from August and we decided not to take cash but instead invest in our community projects that will benefit our people.

“Our first project was three boats and three engines and thanks to VTBL for keeping their side of the bargain.”

Mr Sailo said the boats would be given to three Totoka Naqilai, Tunidai and Sawai who occupy five houses each on the island in the province of Bua.

“The company while logging upgraded five kilometre road up till the landing area and they put gravel on the road also,” Mr Sailo said.

“The boats would be used by the families to do their fishing business, travel to the health centre at Nakadrudru, students can travel to secondary schools across or if need be travel to Labasa for emergency,” Mr Sailo said.

“Our next project would be to build a kindergarten.”

Valebasoga Tropik Boards Limited (VTL) director, Mukhtar Ali, said the company had continued what the founders including his late father, Bahadur Ali had been doing for the communities in North.

“Through our good relationship with many landowners we had been able to do so many community projects,” Mr Ali said.

“We are advising and encouraging landowners to take care of their resources and when it is about logging they should make the right decision.

“After three months of logging we bought three boats, three engines, fuel and toolkit worth of $50,000 as promised.

“My brother, Niwaz Ali who is also the director of the company and I would continue with the community service in good faith.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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