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Passengers of MV ‘Otuanga’ofa expressed dissatisfaction over its services

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 02/10/2018

The district officer of Lulunga – Kisione Taulani has expressed his dissatisfaction over the services of one of the inter-island ferries – MV ‘Otuanga’ofa. Taulani told Radio Tonga News this morning, he along with a few other parents from Ha’apai had been in Tongatapu last week to do shopping in preparation of the National Class Six Entrance Examination which is to be held tomorrow and Thursday.

The district officer says every year the parents of students sitting the entrance exam prepare a feast for their children after the exam, which is why they had traveled to Tongatapu to do their grocery shopping and make final preparations for this event.

However, Taulani says, as they departed Tongatapu yesterday, they were informed by the officials from the Friendly Island Shipping Agency – FISA, that their cargo could not be loaded onto the ship and would instead be brought over later on the MV Niuvakai this afternoon.

Taulani said this was unacceptable as this affected their preparations for their childrens examinations tomorrow and feared that if there are any further delays in the MV Niuvakais arrival, they might not be able to carry out the celebrations they had intended. In addition to this, Taulani said they would also have to bear other costs for the transport of their cargo from the main port in Pangai to the smaller islands in the Lulunga District.

However, a spokesperson for FISA says they were unable to load the cargo onto the MV ‘Otuanga’ofa yesterday, as there was a funeral cortege that was being transported on the ‘Otuanga’ofa, and they decided to transport the other cargo later on tonight on the MV Niuvakai.

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