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PM Hands Over $273K To Landowners For Airport Land

PM Hands Over $273K To Landowners For Airport Land
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya with Government officials and villagers from Nuku, Tailevu, at the PM’s Office on August 31, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News
September 01
10:23 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama handed over a cheque of $273,000 to the Mataqali of Vunilolo from the village of Nuku, Tailevu, in his office yesterday.

This after the mataqali leased their land under the Land Bank to allow Fiji Airports Limited to use the land for the extension of the Nausori Airport.

Speaking in iTaukei, Prime Minister Bainimarama expressed his appreciation to the clan for their support and said through this partnership they were assisting Government in modernising Fiji. Sharing similar sentiments, Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this was a historic occasion for both parties and to allow the leasing of the land would contribute to economic activity within Nausori.

“The runaway in Nausori airport is currently small for 737 planes that take off from Nausori and can only take a limited load. However, by accessing this land the runaway will now be extended to 2100 metres,” he said.

“This will mean that Fiji Airports Limited will use $60 million to lengthen the runaway it will be compliant with international standards and this allows for more aircraft landing with more safety procedures in place.”

The A-G thanked the mataqali for their support in modernising Fiji and said this would contribute to the economy.

This development will increase economic activity for the areas in Nausori and will create employment for members of the community.

The terminal in the airport will be extended similar to the new Nadi International Airport.

Prior to this, in 2013 the 10-acre piece of land was gazetted and according to the Turaga ni Mataqali Josefa Rainima they had hope in Government and today was worth the wait.

“We would like to thank Government for their support and to receiving this amount is blessing,” he said.

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