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Hope for Labasa fish vendors

April 11, 2012 7:05 pm

There is hope for fish vendors in Labasa.

Over the past years the vendors have had to put up with leaking roofs and broken floors but as Roland Koroi reports a ray of hope has finally emerged:

“Fish sellers in Labasa have been located behind the Countdown supermarket for year and never have they seen any real development.

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In fact they claim they have been pushed around for too long, even having their businesses closed down on two occasions by the Labasa Town Council and Health Inspectors.

FBC News visited the site in January this year to hear the same plea that has been echoed over the years a plea for better conditions.

Back then the Labasa Town Council told FBC News that plans were in the pipeline to develop the fish market.

After countless calls by vendors and half a year on nothing has changed.

Vendors were also ordered to vacate their current venue in February, however much to the relief of the fish sellers the Commissioner Northern’s Office stepped in ordering them to remain there until the Council finds a suitable venue for them.

Vendors say they were assured by the Council that a proper venue will be found before last month but up until now there hasn’t been any word from the Council.

Vendors continue to brave the rain and sun to have their fish sold hanging on to the hope that the Government will step in and help resolve this issue."

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