Guadalcanal Provincial Senior Fisheries Officer Steve Mauni could not hide his excitement when he took delivery of a laptop donated by the New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries.
He said he and his other colleague fisheries officers at the Provincial Centres have for a long time been longing to have computers but tight budgetary allocations to the mother Ministry meant they cannot have their wish.
“We have been longing for this for years and I’m sure other provincial fisheries officers will share similar views with the provision of these machines,” Mauni said.
He said the laptops will enhance their work output especially report writing and also as storage for important data on inshore fisheries activities in the provinces.
Deputy Director Provincial Fisheries, Mr. Ben Buga holds similar views saying the arrival of the laptops would boost the work of provincial fisheries officers.
“In the past all their records are on paper which are easily destroyed but with the laptops I’m confident their work will be saved for future reference,” he said.
The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) donated the refurbished computers to the MFMR following arrangements by Mr Mark Nicholson of MPI
Mr Nicholson saw the need for computers when he was here last year to conduct compliance training for local compliance officers.
MPI worked with the MSSIF Programme which covered the freight and carry bags.
Mr Buga said he really appreciates the assistance and thanked the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industry for this kind gesture.
“On behalf of MFMR I would like to thank the MPI for this support as it will go a long way to imrove working conditions for the officers based in the provinces,” he said.
The deputy director Provincial Fisheries said the laptops will be distributed to the officers in the MFMR Provincial Fisheries Division that are based in the provinces. One will go to each province.