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Day to Remember for Namuka Villagers

Day to Remember for Namuka Villagers
The commissioning of the Coqeloa Bridge yesterday. Photo: Josaia Ralago
February 25
12:12 2017

It was a day to remember for the parents and students of Namuka District School when the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned a new dining hall and dormitory yesterday.

The school which is located in one of the far-flung areas in Macuata. It caters  for about seven villages in the Namuka District.

Decked in their blue uniform, yesterday, the excited students flocked around Mr Bainimarama wherever he went.

It was not just a happy day for the students but their parents who went through the institution during their school days.

For Senimili Salavou of Matainadoi village, she said she was overjoyed because during her days she had to walk daily from her home to school.

“We had wake up as early as 6am to get to school on time. But now my three children have been provided with a proper hostel,” Ms Salavou said.

Her eldest is in Year 8, the middle one in Year 3 and the youngest in year one.

“We are thankful and it is a very big improvement for us. I am happy because the Government has indeed prioritised education and the welfare of our children,” she said.

“While we wanted to pursue education during our days, we were forced to stop early because  of the school system and conditions back then.

“Now it is so much better for our children from free education to proper transportation and so on and for that we are so thankful to the Government.”

Mr Bainimarama said; “Namuka District School has come a long way from its humble beginnings when it was established and relocated back in 1957. Back then, it had just three classrooms with classes from only 1 to 4.

“Since then the school has extended right to Year Eight, with a total of 46 students and five new teachers this year.”

This was a $50,000 project funded by the Prime Ministers Office.

There are 12 female boarders and 11 male boarders.

New Coqeloa Bridge

Mr Bainimarama yesterday commissioned the $4.39 million Coqeloa Bridge outside Labasa town,  much to the people’s delight.

The bridge which serves more than 2500 people in three villages and two settlements has been termed as a much needed intervention.

Expressing his heartfelt gratitude, a spokesman for the people said this Government had wiped their tears in their plight for such assistance in past years.

“We are so thankful because you do not only make promises but you keep them. And this Government has been one where we see more action,” he said.

He added that this had greatly assisted the people in terms if students’ transportation.

Mr Bainimarama said; “I have come to open the vital 59.5 metre bridge. The opening of this new bridge calls for celebration as this bridge opens up doors of opportunities to communities who have been cut off through years of neglect.

“The new bridge will alleviate the struggles and the pain experienced by members of the public and other travellers for the last decade as a result of the deteriorating condition of the old bridge, particularly for students and the farmers living in the area.

“The Coqeloa Bridge has been transformed  from a single lane bridge to a modern structure with increased capacity that can support the single-lane traffic, a railway crossing line as well as a pedestrian pathway and is designed to comply with a 100 year design life.”

The advisory councillor for the Coqeloa area Mohammed Yunus said; “Parents often worry about the welfare of their children during bad weather when we had the old crossing, but now we are rest assured of their crossing over to school because of a proper bridge.

“The presence of a lot of people today indicates our support, excitement and endless appreciation of a wonderful development we have needed for years.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

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