Ministers Advisory Committee Site Inspection

The Ministers Advisory Committee concluded with its site inspection for the islands of Upolu and Savaii. The purpose of this site inspection is to assess all sites and environmental concerns raised by the Advisory committee members. Keep in mind, the Advisory committee includes all members and representatives of communities; therefore, there is a direct contact between communities and the Ministry.
The assessment for communities in Savaii started from Salelologa where inspectors witnessed an ugly site along the acres of SLC lands, which had become a dumping site for the public. This isn’t the first time this was reported to the Ministry, although there’s a billboard sign that basically reads “Do not litter”, the general public are still carrying out unsustainable illegal practices. The inspection continued on around Savaii in assessing Vaiaata to Saleia where the Ministry representatives witnessed houses built on sea walls (Government Property) had finished off with Samalaeulu, to site lands where people have excavated loads of sand from the river banks.
The assessments for communities in Upolu started in Aleisa where the committee witnessed illegal dumping sites around the communities. Assessments continued around to Aleipata where a representative reported on illegal sand mining operations done by Silva Transport Company. The assessment for Upolu concluded at Afiamalu where the committee observed the reclaimed lands in Afiamalu that had caused environmental concerns for the water catchments from the highlands of Afiamalu and Malololelei.
The Ministry is already in process of finding appropriate solutions to approach the environmental concern raised by the Advisory committee members.

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