Tuvalu Echoes - April to July
18 GRADUATED FROM TUVALU MARITIME TRAINING INSTITUTE
Eighteen young men of the 54th course successfully graduated on April 20
this year after their one-year training at the Tuvalu Maritime Training
Institute. The graduates were awarded with certificates which marked the
achievement of their performances and efforts at the school.
The Hon Prime Minister Faimalaga Luka was made guest of honour during
the Passing out parade. The ceremony began with a welcoming speech from
the Captain Superintendent of the Institute, Tito Tapugao before the
guest of honour made his official address.
In his speech Hon Luka congratulated the 18 trainees and reminded them
to behave themselves whenever they find employment overseas as there
were too many seamen dismissed from overseas ships due to the problem of
The ceremony was also highlighted with the presentation of special
prizes to the four best young men from each department.
These include the catering prize which was awarded to Toromoni Simeon of
Nanumea. Tanielu Penipelite of Funafuti was awarded with the Engine
prize, Lanesi Maleko of Nanumea took the Deck prize while the Overall
best prize was received by Elia Boreham of Nui.
The Prize giving was followed with a special feast held at the Faimalaga
falekaupule and ended with the performance of local dancing from the
TYPHOID EPIDEMIC STRIKES MOTUFOUA
More than thirty students at Motufoua Secondary School were infected by
the outbreak of Typhoid Fever May this year. The epidemic was believed
to have occurred as a result of poor sanitation and the downgraded of
toilet facilities. A government delegation visited the island of Vaitupu
to carry out a situation analysis of the epidemic and they included the
Deputy Secretary to Government, Simeti Lopati, Chief of Public Health,
Dr Stephen Homers, the Acting Director of Works, Tuisiga Saitala and two
of his staff Kaisami and Sakaio. Mr Simeti Lopati said they found the
major problems which may have causes the disease such as the shortage of
water supply at the school due to leakage to water cisterns, poor
condition of the school clinic and the overcrowding of students. The
lack of eating and cooking utensils, shortage of equipment and stoves in
the school's kitchen is also a problem at Motutoua. In the meantime, the
toilet facilities at the school had been improved and upgraded with the
intention that the students need to have proper places of living to
protect them tom being infected by such diseases in the future.
REINFORCEMENT OF POLICE SECURITY SERVICES
The white and sandy beach of the main capital city of Funafuti was cited
as another drinking place for alcohol users. This was witnessed by most
of the residents living closer to the sea after the introduction of the
first operation organized by the Tuvalu Police Force. The first
operation known as Drinking in Prohibited Area (DIPA) was to enable the
Police personnel to patrol and control drunken people from using
prohibited areas as their places of drinking alcohol.
Apart from this, the operation also concentrated in the controlling and
preventing of drunken people from driving while under the influence of
alcohol. Tuvalu Echoes believed that during the very first day of the
operation. the central Police cell was reported to have almost occupied
by about twenty to thirty drunken people who were squashed in for a
night out from their normal homes.
Under the operation, people who were unable to abide with the law were
taken into custody by the police officers. The operation was also
witnessed as an unforgettable move ever known in the latest centuries
for bringing peace, soundless nights and unusual serenity for Funafuti
residents in weekends.
Some of the residents who lived closer to the main roads commented that
they could now sleep calmly without any disturbance of the usual
peculiar weekends prior to the implementation of the operation. The new
life is experienced by people as very unusual because drunken people
normally woke them up from their slumbers as a result of their screams,
arguments but worst of all the driving speed of their motorbikes in the
middle of the night. The DIPA operation, which began in April 12 2001,
turned out successfully while the majority of the residents were in
doubts or when will be the next operation.
The Force continued to its second operation known as the slaying of dogs
(LIKU) in late April this year. According to reports from the Police
Force, the operation was to check and ensure that dogs had been licensed
in the Funafuti Kaupule while the unlicensed ones had to be slaughtered.
The operation was reported to have been progressing well where over two
hundred dogs were killed. It was believed that the second operation had
made a fast reduction to the number of dogs, which were also identified
as abusing road and vehicle users especially in the nights.
The third operation was also reported to be progressing well as a follow
up of the other two previous operations. The fourth operation known as
drinking under ages, illegal selling of alcohol (DUISA) was also
reported to have run smoothly. The Police Officers carried out this
operation to be on the look out for drunken teenagers under 18 years old
and people who were selling goods and beverages illegally.
The Acting Superintendent, Luka Falefou said the operations had given
them a good opportunity to reinstate and maintain their working
relationships with members of the public despite the fact that they had
transportation and financial constraints in achieving their desires.
Mr. Luka urges members of the public to continue with their cooperative
assistance in reinforcing and promoting peace and harmony in the main
settlement. It is being planned that the Force will continue with these
operations until August this year.
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO NEW YORK
The former High Commissioner of Tuvalu to Fiji will take up a new post
in New York.
Enele Sopoaga is now Tuvalu's first permanent representative to the
United Nation in New York. Mr Sopoaga said he will spend three weeks in
Fiji to prepare his credentials and other paper work before leaving for
He's been Tuvalu's High Commissioner to Fiji in the past five years. Mr
Sopoaga who was accompanied by his family will hold his new post for a
period of three to four years.