The Japanese Government through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Programme has hand-over a nine tonne garbage compactor truck to the Labasa Town Council to aid them in their garbage waste collection.
The Government of Japan has provided a funding (a little over two Hundred twenty One Thousand dollars) FJ$221,033 for this project.
While handing over the garbage truck, Councellor & Deputy Chief of
Mission, Embassy of Japan, Hada Tsuguyoshi says Labasa Town is the largest town in Vanua Levu and it is serving an estimated total population of 11,000 which has dramatically increase from 6,800 in 2007.
Tsuguyoshi says As a result, the Council is facing a lot of difficulties in accommodating the waste disposal
He says the Government of Japan recognises the extreme difficulties faced by the Labasa Town Council in waste collection and with the provision of a new nine tonne garbage compactor truck, he is confident that it will help and assist waste collection and management.
He further says they been providing continued assistance to grassroots communities in Fiji through implementing 384 GGP projects, with the total value exceeding US$26 million since 1990.
He hopes the garbage compactor truck will be given due care and
well looked after, to better serve the needs of the people of
Labasa Town for many years to come.
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