FIJI DELIVERS FUEL TO STRUGGLING ROTUMA

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Aug. 17) - A fuel shortage on the island of Rotuma has been eased with the delivery this week of fuel from Fiji.

The people of Rotuma ran out of fuel supplies over a fortnight ago forcing schools and businesses to close.

Rotuma’s Senator, Dr. John Fatiaki said a Public Works Department clerk in Suva delivered only ten drums of fuel instead of the 20, which caused the shortage on the island.

He said the delivery this week is expected to last for two weeks.

Fatiaki met with the Commissioner Central Inoke Devo and Rotuma’s parliamentarian, State Minister for Immigration Jioji Konrote yesterday to look at strategies to alleviate the problem on the island.

He said the Government had the funds to overcome the problem.

"We are here to make sure it happens," he said.

The Senator said four schools and some businesses were closed for about a fortnight because some people were not committed to their work.

The shortage in fuel also caused power and water cuts on the island.

August 18, 2006

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