Gizo Fuel shortage, officials under pressure

MV Plus 1 outside Gizo. The vessel is bringing fuel to Gizo
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GIZO residents will have electricity until Friday before power shut down due to a shortage of fuel.

This is according to the Solomon Power Gizo report handed to the Western Provincial Disaster Operation Committee (WPDOC).

Speaking during consultation between WPDOC and Western Provincial Executive, Premier Christian Mesepitu said Solomon Power Gizo had submitted a request to his government to look at ways to address the issue.

“Information we received states that the fuel is onboard MV Plus which is currently anchoring outside Gizo.

“According to Solomon Power Gizo, we need to offload the fuel because there is not enough left to provide electricity to Gizo residence.

“Solomon Power states that they have limited fuel which will only last up to Friday,” he said.

Mesepitu said his government will work closely with WPDOC to make sure the rollout of the effort to offload the fuel and other essential goods.

Acting Director of Western Province’s Health and Medical Authority Dr. Michael Belande Buin said he will allocate a team to do swabbing on MV Plus and at the same time decontaminate the cargos before offloading.