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Lau To Have AM Radio, Free TV

Lau To Have AM Radio, Free TV
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the official opening of the Adi Natuicake Festival on July 2, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
August 03
11:00 2017

The people in the province of Lau will soon have access to radio services and watch free television programmes.

This was revealed by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama at the Adi Natuicake Festival at Kauvesi Park, Raiwai in Suva yesterday.

The traditional welcoming ceremony was performed by the Vuanirewa Clan of Lakeba.

He will be launching the Amplitude Modulation (AM) radio services through the national broadcaster, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation to expand the services of Amplitude Modulation radio network to cover everyone throughout the nation.

This meant, Mr Bainimarama said that Radio Fiji One, Radio Fiji Two and Gold stations would be transmitted at all hours of the day on Amplitude Modulation frequencies to the Lau Group.

As Prime Minister Mr Bainimarama said he made sure that no one in Fiji was left out as it was Government’s aim to take services to every door step.

Mr Bainimarama said he didn’t represent a particular province or race in Fiji but he stood for everyone.

He added it would take regular programmes, information on Government services and initiatives to the people within the province.

Adding, that they could also access critical emergency information in times of crisis like natural disasters.

“The big benefit is that Amplitude Modulation radio infrastructure is far more resilient to severe weather than the Frequency Modulation (FM) systems.

“So if – God, forbid – should another severe weather system strike in the Lau Group, we will have a better chance of relaying disaster-related information that can ready your communities and, ultimately, save lives,” Mr Bainimarama said.

By December, he added they would access free-to-air digital television.

This would enable them to have access to five free-air-to-channels including programmes from various Government arms with other relevant community services.

“Watching these channels will be at no cost to you,” he said.

He told people of Lau that it was Government’s duty to make sure that infrastructure development be carried out to improve standards of living.

“Our critical work to protect and empower women in Fiji also extends to your islands, because my Government does not believe in a Fiji where only half the population is given the chance to do well,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said soon people in the Lau province would no longer travel great distances to register a birth, death or marriage.

He added these services would be made available with the setting up of the Births, Deaths and Marriages registry in Lakeba.

“In this year’s Budget, we’ve also reduced the duty on the importation of spare parts for maritime vessels to zero to make it easier to maintain vessels operating throughout Fiji,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said that improving the standard of living in Lau was all part of Government’s plan.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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