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By SHRATIKA NAIDU
Young people of the North have been urged to help in the sugar industry.
There’s plenty of work now available in the sugarcane fields, the Commissioner Northern, Lieutenant-Colonel Ilai Moceica, said.
With the crushing season just around the corner, he is now urging youths to take ownership.
Fiji Sugar Corporation chairman Abdul Khan confirmed to Fiji Sun that the Labasa mill would be opened for crushing this Friday.
Lieutenant-Colonel Moceica said with the cane crushing season starting off, there was good and honest money to be made in the cane fields over the next few months.
“It has been reported in the newspapers that there is labour shortage for the harvesting of cane,” Lieutenant-Colonel Moceica said.
“Yet daily I see the billiard shops filled to capacity with young, healthy looking …youths and young girls roaming the main and side streets in town.
“I hope you will all find something worthwhile to do with your time and talents.”
The Commissioner Northern has regularly stressed the economic importance of the sugar industry, to both Fiji and the North.
During the Northern Crime Prevention carnival first night at Subrail ,Park in Labasa he said to the youths that idle hands are definitely the devil’s tools.
“In Fiji, statistics of our prisoners may show a direct link between crime and high unemployment especially youth unemployment and mushrooming squatter settlements,” Lieutenant-Colonel Moceica said.
“But you will also note the people who used to hold respected positions in society, business, government, private sectors, in church are found in prison,” he added.
He said they all had privilege lives.
“I believe this speaks to the moral issue of ‘free agency’, free will or choice,” Lieutenant-Colonel Moceica said. He said one still chooses whether one commits a crime, a sin or not.