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BRIDGING THE GAP Government should provide the same level of service to every single Fijian: PM

MAIKA BOLATIKI Suva Government is committed to bridging the gap between those living in urban and rural areas in Fiji. The Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, in his
08 May 2014 10:18

MAIKA BOLATIKI
Suva

The Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, at the Government Marine Wharf in Walu Bay, Suva, yesterday to commission the new Govt vessel, MLC Vunilagi.  This landing barge will be used to service the maritime islands. Reports on pages 3 and 8.

The Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, at the Government Marine Wharf in Walu Bay, Suva, yesterday to commission the new Govt vessel, MLC Vunilagi. This landing barge will be used to service the maritime islands. Reports on pages 3 and 8.

Government is committed to bridging the gap between those living in urban and rural areas in Fiji.
The Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Voreqe Bainimarama, in his address at the comissioning of the MV Vunilagi said he had a fundamental belief that the role of the Government was to provided the same level of service to every single Fijian wherever they live.
“We are bridging the gap between those living in Lau or Lautoka, Rotuma or Rakiraki,” The Prime Minister said.
“It is the conerstone of my Government’s philosophy that all Fijians are equal.”
He gave his assurance that they would not rest until a child growing up in the remotest area of the country was no longer disadvantaged by that distant or isolation.
Before the first of these vessels – the Sigavou was commissioned in March the Government had not acquired a new vessel for 29 years.
“I described it as a national embarassment for the maritime nation such as ours and I think few peiole in Fiji would have argued with that.”
He said he was extremely proud that his Government was finally making the invetment needed to improve their ability to serve the maritime communities and finally gave them what they deserved.
For too long he said successive governments neglected ordinary Fijians living in these isolated places.
“In many ways they are the backbone of our nation yet they constantly do without the benefits that many of us on Viti Levu take for granted.”
Mr Bainimarama said these men and women and their families should have been better served over the years.
He said they deserved more resources to empower them and give them the things they needed to improve their lives and those oftheir families.
All along he said Government had been determined to provide them with the resources, whether it was access to telecommunications, free eduation, better health   or in this instance, better transport lines.
He said these were being done and the years of neglect were over.
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