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35 Learn To Operate Chainsaw

Thirty-five young men of Vanua Levu received certificates of basic chainsaw operation after completing a two-week training course at Nabavatu village in Macuata. The training was organised by the Ministry
26 May 2017 10:30
35 Learn To Operate Chainsaw

Thirty-five young men of Vanua Levu received certificates of basic chainsaw operation after completing a two-week training course at Nabavatu village in Macuata.

The training was organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in partnership with the Ministry of Forests for the youths to learn about basic chainsaw operation, handling, care and safety.

The Ministry’s Acting Principal Youth Officer Northern Division Taniela Tuinaceva said: “There were 20 youth representing 10 youth clubs from Macuata province, eight youths from Bua province, four from Cakaudrove province and three travelled across to Vanua Levu to attend the training.

“The training was held due to the requests received for chainsaws from youth clubs.

“The Ministry deemed it necessary to ensure that we provide basic knowledge and skills to youths before we deliver the chainsaws which have been requested.

“The Ministry is conscious of the safety issues involved and so the training is to empower youths before we provide the equipment.

“After the training, they have not only become knowledgeable but have also become licensed chainsaw operators.

“The license they received can also be a window of opportunity for employment for these rural youths,” Mr Tuinaceva added.

Benedito Maikitu of Dogoru village youth club in Macuata said: “I am so grateful for this training and we have learnt such many vital information about chainsaw management.

“The training has taught me of the basic care and safety issues we need always to take heed of while operating a chainsaw,” Mr Maikitu said.

Kali Sabe of Navilevu Youth Club, Nakawakawa in Bua shared similar sentiment that “we will definitely be better chainsaw operators because of the training.”

“The training has helped eliminate our bad practices and now we will adopt the best practices learnt from the training,” Mr Sabe said.

Mr Tuinaceva added that the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou, will tour the Northern Division in early June 2017 and will hand over chainsaws to several youth clubs which attended the training.

Source: DEPTFO News

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