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Families first for Govt

By MAIKA BOLATIKI Seventy-five-year-old Kadavu native, Livai Bulivou, after his $917 water bill was written off yesterday said: “Au sa qai kila ni sa tiko e dua na Matanitu dau
18 Oct 2012 10:13

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama talks to Livai Bulibou about the water connection at Wailea settlement in Vatuwaqa yesterday. Photo: NAVNEET NARAYAN

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

Seventy-five-year-old Kadavu native, Livai Bulivou, after his $917 water bill was written off yesterday said: “Au sa qai kila ni sa tiko e dua na Matanitu dau veikauwaitaki.” (I now know that we have a caring government)
He said he could not believe that the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, was there in person to sign the waiver form of their unpaid water bill.
Soon after the signing the Prime Minister turned their pipe on and Mr Bulivou and his wife were happy to see water.
The next person visited was 76-year-old Bhoop Chand at Nawanawa Road, Nadera.
Mr Chand said he was very happy to meet the Prime Minister in person and for the help Government has provided his family.
From Nawanawa the Prime Minister visited Ballentine Memorial School.
At BMS more than $24,000 unpaid bill was cleared from its outstanding account after the Prime Minister signed the waiver form with the principal.
School manager and former senior civil servant Apisalome Tudreu thanked the Government and said it had taken off a huge financial burden.
More than 25,000 Fijian households, businesses, schools and places of worship will benefit from Government’s decision to waive the debts they owe to the Water Authority of Fiji for years of unpaid water and sewerage bills.
The Prime Minister, at the waiver ceremony yesterday, highlighted Government’s commitment towards assisting families around the country in managing financial obligations.
He said: “Nothing is important to my government than helping ordinary Fijians provide for themselves and their families. And one of the best ways we can do that is to relieve the cost of living pressures on ordinary people.”
Now that their unpaid bills have been waivered, they were reminded to pay their bills when their next bill arrived.
Government is urging those affected to make good use of the amnesty period that would end in December.
However, they should qualify under the criteria set out by the Water Authority of Fiji.




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