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New fence for State House

Written By : Source: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION. The Late Tui Vuda and former President Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda was on Wednesday night remembered by his successor, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
08 Apr 2011 12:00

Written By : Source: MINISTRY OF INFORMATION. The Late Tui Vuda and former President Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda was on Wednesday night remembered by his successor, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau for initiating the fencing project at Government House.
Ratu Epeli paid tribute to Ratu Iloilo during the handing-over ceremony of the fence by the Chinese government through Chinese Ambassador to Fiji, Dr Han Zhiqiang.
“I pay tribute to the former President and Tui Vuda, the late Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda for conceiving the idea of the fencing project for Government House,” he said.
“He was instrumental in the initial consultation with the Chinese government through the former Ambassador Cai Jinbiao towards its funding and eventual construction.”
“I am sure Ratu Iloilo will be smiling up there acknowledging this occasion with his typical chuckle and deep appreciation of vinaka vakalevu Jaina.”
Although the project was originally intended only for the Government House perimeter fencing, it was later agreed to by the two governments to extend the fencing project to include Thurston Garden as part of the beautification project for the capital city.
The project, began with an official exchange of letters between the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and the Chinese Vice-Minister for Commerce, Ma Xiuhong in 2009.
The exchange of letters essentially agreed that the Government of the People’s Republic of China will assist the Fijian Government in building the proposed fencing project involving Government House and the frontage of Thurston Garden located at the north of Government House, for a total length of approximately 2447 metres.
The contractor for the project, China Railway No.5 Engineering Group Company Limited, was selected through public tender in China and commenced construction works on the FJD$2.3 million project in may 2010.


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