Drought-affected schools get mobile desalination units; Govt considers adding more seats, more ministries

Ni-Vanuatu children drinking water. Photo: Live and Learn Vanuatu

Photo: Live and Learn Vanuatu

Mobile water desalination units have been handed over to the Department of Geology, Mines and Rural Water Supplies under the France/New Caledonia/Vanuatu regional co-operation convention. They are intended to help provide fresh and clean drinking water for schools and islands affected by drought. Rural Water Supply and Public Works engineers in the worst affected provinces have received training in using the equipment. A study indicated the islands most affected are Santo, Malekula and the Shepherds. The project is costing France about Vt 4 million.

Much news has been given over to the tragic and horrific accident on the Erakor Road on Monday. The husband and family of one of the ni-Vanuatu killed feel that Government is  concerned more with the lives of tourists than the lives of man ples. Nagriamel political party feels that road traffic rules have to be strengthened. Strengthening of the Police command as proposed would certainly assist here, although Nagriamel does not mention it in their story in Daily Post. However the speaker was determined to promote stricter rules for public transport driver licensing. Stanley Trief of the Enforcement Unit for Customs is appalled at the unsafe condition of public vehicles and often at the state of many drivers.

Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone has told members of his constituency on a recent tour that Government is thinking of increasing the number of seats provided for islands with the highest population growth, such as Ambrym. His island, he thought, might be entitled to three seats in the House. He also suggested that the present government is looking at increasing the number of ministries.