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Road Of Hope

Road Of Hope
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opens the final stage of Buca Bay Road in Cakaudrove yesterday. Photo: Peni Drauna
July 29
12:30 2015

Hope and Promise.

Those two words were on the lips of hundreds of people who saw Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama open the  final stage of Buca Bay Road, Cakaudrove, yesterday. It cost more than $73 million. The first stage cost more than $40 million.

Housewife Latileta Lakai of Dromuninuku said: “This is a road of hope for our future for all of us. We have always dreamed about it. Today it’s become a reality. We’re witnessing the dawn of a new era.”

“With the new road it will be easier for me to sell my products at Savusavu market.”

Farmer Isikeli Dau said: “The new road brings hope and promise for a brighter future. It will make it easier for me to take my dalo and yaqona to the market.”

Tumeli Rakuro of Naweni said: “There is hope now. It will open up new opportunities. We have a future of promise. Now, the people of Cakaudrove will see fresh produce from farmers in the area.”

Petero Ratuyalo of Naweni, said: “The new road brings new life to the youths and make travel easier.”

They were echoing the sentiments of many people who were present at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mr Bainimarama endorsed the people’s response: “This road is the pathway to a great future for the people along its route and the people of the North.

“Today is a day of great celebration. The dreams of your grandparents for a better link to the outside world have finally been fulfilled. You are now closer to the rest of Vanua Levu and closer to the world. You finally have the world-class road you deserve,” he said

“And I am extremely proud that the Fiji First Government that has been able to deliver this huge improvement to your daily lives.

“Parents are less anxious because your children can get to school faster and more safely.

“We are saving lives because the sick can get more rapid assistance at a health centre or the hospital in Savusavu.

“Everyone can get their produce or fish to market faster and in a fresher state so that you can earn as much as possible for it.

“More tourists are bound to make the journey here because they no longer have to contend with the dust and the potholes.

“And all this means that this wonderful part of Vanua Levu has been made more accessible.

“We have given you the means to open yourselves up to the world.

“To attract new investment.

“To expand your economic base.

“To provide more jobs and more sources of income to raise the living standards of everyone along the Buca Bay Road.

“To keep more of your children from having to leave the area or leave Vanua Levu altogether.

“To keep families together.

“To make them happier and more prosperous.”



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