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President will officiate at Rotuma Day

May 10
12:00 2011

Written By : NANISE LOANAKADAVU. President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau left for Rotuma on Monday on board the MV Iloilovatu for the Rotuma Day celebrations.
Ratu Epeli will be chief guest for the Rotuma Day celebrations on the island this Friday.
Rotuma Day celebrations are held annually to commemorate the island being ceded to Great Britain in 1881.
Ratu Epeli will also be accompanied by government officials who will be looking into development projects on the island.
His prime objective during his visit will be witnessing the impact of the Rotuma Island Development Program and its effectiveness in progressing the livelihoods of Rotumans.
Apart from the celebrations, Ratu Epeli will also visit government project sites on the island.
The President’s official secretary, Joeli Rokovada said Ratu Epeli would inspect all major developments on the island as part of the Rotuma Island Development Programme.
“The President will visit projects under the Rotuma Island Development Programme, which Fiji is committed to implement,” Mr Rokovada said.
“He will inspect the progress of developments.”
Mr Rokovada said the prime objective of the Rotuma Island Development Programme was for the socio-economic development of the island.
“Some of the key objectives of the programme are to enhance the trade agreement between Tuvalu and Rotuma, bio-security, the focus on bio-fuel, tourism potentials in the island and also the revitalisation of the sandalwood and the copra industry,” he said.
He said the president would visit project sites such as the Rotuma Export and Marketing, women’s centre upgrading, police building extension, PWD depot, airport and other locations.
Government invested $1.4million to upgrade the Oinafa Jetty, $450,000 for the root crop shed, road upgrades for better farm access amounting to more than $270,000 and the hot air treatment plant valued at $450,000 to treat fruit flies.

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