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PM: Help Schools Or Lose Vehicles

PM: Help Schools Or Lose Vehicles
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (second from left), shows his delight after opening the Niusawa Methodist High School girls’ hostel in Taveuni on Monday. He was also pleased with the school’s performance in external examinations. With him are, from left, school manager Jona Navunisaravi, a student and Reverend Maciu Gauna. Photo: DEPTFO News
January 14
10:51 2015

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday instructed Government departments to lend their vehicles to rural schools in emergencies.

Mr Bainimarama, who is touring Taveuni in his first North visit this year, warned that departments could lose their vehicles if they failed to help schools.

He issued the instruction after Niusawa Methodist High School management raised their transport need with him. Mr Bainimarama said he expected schools and Government departments to work together.

He said schools that had problems with departments should contact him. Guilty departments would lose their vehicles to the aggrieved schools.

His tough stance underscored his emphasis on education. He was delighted with Niusawa’s performance in the external examinations (Full reports on page 3).


Mr Bainimarama also announced that two more hydro-electric power  dams will be built in Taveuni.

They are part of Government’s plans to provide 100 per cent access to electricity nationally.

Mr Bainimarama made the revelation when he inspected the $15-million Somosomo Hydro-electric

Power Plan project now under construction. The new dams will be at Bouma and Qeleni.

Department of Energy official, Tevita Manamana,  told the PM yesterday that the two sites had been surveyed and the projects were feasible.

Mr Bainimarama told civil servants present that Government would search for the funds. He said Chinese experts on the island should be used when they were available. The Chinese are working on the Somosomo dam project.

Mr Bainimarama also revealed that two landowning units (mataqali) at Lamini Village had been paid $160,000 in royalties. One unit got $152,000 while the other received $8000.

The dam is 84 metres long and nine metres deep.   Weather permitting, the dam should be ready by August.

Civil Servants

Mr Bainimarama told Taveuni civil servants that Government expected their full support in the implementation of Government reforms. He said he was pleased with their performance so far when he met them at Waiyevo.

He asked them twice to raise any issues that would help them in their work. No one responded. He said he was ready to help.




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