Wotje

12-month copra high

12-month copra high

December last year produced the most copra of 2017, the first month of a two-and-a-half-month period during which the price of copra was at an all time high of 50¢ per pound. Copra makers in RMI generated 764.12 tons in December, the highest total since December 2016, when over 1,000 tons were generated. The quarterly […]

Audits show theft of grant funds

Audits show theft of grant funds

The audit for Wotje Atoll Local Government said $60,000 in funding from a Japan grant for the construction of a community center was misappropriated (embezzled) in the 2009-2014 period. Checks for $40,000 and $20,000 were issued to a company for building materials, but “based on our review of the supporting invoices, they appear fictitious as […]

Food delivered to dry islands

Food delivered to dry islands

Distribution of drought emergency supplemental food to the outer islands starts this week, with the MV Kwajalein being loaded at Uliga Dock for a Thursday departure to 10 atolls and two single islands. A total of 4,747 people living on remote islands will receive supplemental food supplies paid for by the US Agency for International […]

Wotje gets new RO unit

Wotje gets new RO unit

A visit last week to Wotje by Mayor Ota Kisino and disaster relief officials surveyed the island for drought problems, and set up reverse osmosis water-making equipment. Antonio Eliu from Chief Secretary’s Disaster team and officials from MWSC and SPC joined the visit. “Wotje has been affected by the drought since November 2015 and we […]