Level playing field for maritime areas: Qereqeretabua

Opposition member Lenora Qereqeretabua on her way to the Parliament sitting yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

NATIONAL Federation Party MP Lenora Qereqeretabua has called on Government ministers to level the playing field by providing adequate resources to under-resourced maritime areas.

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Ms Qereqeretabua highlighted concerns regarding the education and transport sectors in maritime islands.

“I ask the honourable Minister for Education to please look urgently at levelling the playing field, in regards to education resourcing in the maritime zones and rural areas so children in Kadavu, for example, can compete more strongly with their peers in urban centres,” she said.

“This would be a huge step towards true equality.”

She also referred to an earlier speech in Parliament by Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau on Tuesday, where he stated the transportation and shipping were better because of the franchise shipping system.

“I don’t know how many times the honourable minister travels as an everyday citizen because while that is true in terms of regularity for us islanders, I invite him to travel like I do, like my parents often do and like most of us islanders do.

“In vessels that are dangerously over-crowded, where passengers outnumber life-jackets, if you can find them and where there are no safety announcements. I invite all honourable ministers to attempt maritime travel like the majority of this country travels.”

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