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PM hands over home

March 13
11:43 2013

By Joelene Tuimoala

Navakasiga villager, 26-year-old Laisenia Ravumaidama, officially received his new family house from the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, on Monday.
Mr Ravumaidama’s new house was part of Government’s rehabilitation assistance after Tropical Cyclone Evan.
He said, “I am thankful to the Government of the day for this housing assistance. I really did not expect to be assisted with a brand new house.”
His house was the first to be rebuilt from the 11 in his village slated to receive housing assistance.
He said army officers arrived one day to inspect houses damaged by cyclone Evan.
“They took all the details and I was surprised at the capacity of assistance received.”
The Ravumaidama family lived in an uncompleted corrugated roof house with bamboo walls.
“My wife is so happy that we now have a bigger and better house than before and we must commend the Prime Minister for this generosity in helping victims of cyclone Evan in our village.”
The house was built by a village carpenter and paid by the Government.
The Commissioner Northern, Lieutenant-Colonel Ilai Moceica, said the concept of using village carpenters was to make use of their carpentry skills.
“It is a form of capacity building to involve villagers themselves taking part in the rehabilitation process,” Lieutenant- Colonel Moceica said.
He said the house was a standard rural housing model costing no more than $15,000 each.
In the district of Navakasiga alone, he said, a total of 33 houses would be built in the villages of Lovonidalo, Naiviqiri and Nasau.

 

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