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Bau College Takes Shape

Bau  College Takes Shape
Xu Qinduo, a political analyst and senior fellow at the Pangoal Institution
September 10
07:58 2014

Work has started on the construction of  Bau College at Mokani, Tailevu.

Phase One started yesterday and was witnessed by Bau chief, Ratu Epenisa Cakobau.

It was blessed by the Mokani Village chaplain, Reverend Emori Tavaga.

The deputy Permanent Secretary for Education, Saimoni Waibuta said $1.3 million had been allocated for building the school.

Phase One will concentrate on the site – the contract was awarded to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Engineers.

The commanding officer Engineers, Lieutenant- Colonel Semi Mocelutu said, “The engineers have cleared the site, worked on the drainage and now they have to raise the ground level about one metre high.”

He said part of the money had been released and carting soil to the site started yesterday.

The levelling of the site and progess of work, according to Lt- Col Mocelutu, will depend on the weather.

A working committee member, Ratu Tikilaci Vuibau, said the mataqali Nakaulevu had given a piece of land for soil to be used for raising the site.

He said compensation had been worked out by the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB).

When asked when the construction proper of the new school would begin, Mr Waibuta said the Ministry of Works was working on a plan for the college.

“The cost will depend on the plan and once that is completed, we can give out an estimate for the construction of the new college school,” he said.

Feeder schools for the college will be Bau District School, Cautata District School, Ratu Ravuama Vunivalu Memorial School in Mokani, and Dravo District School.

Ratu Tikilaci said the committee hoped the school would open in 2016.

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