Wycliffe: Ministry will take strong actions

Ministry of Environment permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe. Picture: REINAL CHAND

We do not want the economy to come to a grinding standstill because of some careless incidents. This according to Ministry of Environment permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe.

During an interview session, he said for non-compliances from any organisation, the ministry would not only take punitive measures but also take a supportive action in terms of avoiding the breach on compliance going forward.

Mr Wycliffe said when dealing with non-compliance issues regarding larger organisations, it was one thing to slap them with a prohibition notice, stop work notice.

“While they are rectifying and rehabilitating the breach, they should also look at how to avoid breaking the laws in the future so that the economy does not come to standstill.”

He said when an organisation or individuals made a wilful breach of environmental laws of Fiji, then the ministry would come down hard on them.

“We will take strong actions so that we make a lesson out of it but we will also train and support them so that they are aware of the compliances.

“There has been instances where we have partnered with organisations to bring about innovative practices as well,” said Mr Wycliffe.

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