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Nadibulu Bridges Unsafe, Risky

Nadibulu Bridges Unsafe, Risky
September 12
09:25 2014

Residents of Nadibulu, in Narere, Nasinu, have expressed concerns over two walkway bridges in the area which they claim are very unsafe and risky.

One of the walkway bridges links about 70 households from Vunisaleka and Nadibulu settlements to Narere Stage 2 and the other links residents of Narere Stage 2 to Narere Stage 1.

According to a committee member of Vunisaleka Settlement, Sailosi Waqaitarewa, the two walkway bridges have been deteriorating over the past 20 years.

“The bridges are in a very bad state. Clearly it’s not safe to be walking on them but for us in Vunisaleka and Nadibulu we have no choice because this bridge links us to Narere. We don’t have a shop or school or health centre where we live,” Mr Waqaitarewa said.

He said there had been two incidents involving school students falling off the walkway and into the water and incidents of people getting hurt by the wooden planks.

“Over the years we’ve tried to get help from the government but nothing has been still. Are they waiting for someone to get seriously injured?” Mr Waqaitarewa asked.

Amalaini Rokosemudu, who has been a resident of Nadibulu Settlement for the past 10 years, said she has seen the state of the bridge turn from bad to worse.

“I have four children who were born here; two are in primary school and one in kindergarten. I’ve been walking them to and from school over the years. It’s risky to let small children walk on the bridge without adult supervision,” Ms Rokosemudu said.

Meanwhile, FijiFirst candidate Netani Rika, who happened to be campaigning in the area yesterday, listened to the grievances of the residents and inspected the bridge.

Mr Rika said residents in the area had raised their concern with the party during one of their campaigns in the area and he thought to see the walkway bridges himself.

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