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Safety first for children, PM’s priority

We must thank the Prime Minister and his Government for always prioritising the safety of the children. In 2012, the Prime Minister was alerted by a head teacher of Turgabeci
10 Jul 2014 07:20

We must thank the Prime Minister and his Government for always prioritising the safety of the children. In 2012, the Prime Minister was alerted by a head teacher of Turgabeci Primary School in Nasau village in Wainibuka that 45 primary students and 15 pre-schoolers had to wade across a river to get to school every day.
During heavy rain and flooding, crossing was impossible. They sometimes miss classes and in 2012 alone they missed out on sevens days of schooling because the river was impassable. The Prime Minister was determined to get this crossing replaced as a matter of urgency.
His priority is to provide safety for the children when they leave home to school and back.
Two years after receivng the alert, a one-mllion dollar bridge was opened at Nasau Village. And it is money well spent, not just for the children but for all the people of Nasau.
The new crossing will enable the school children to attend school every day even if there is heavy rain or flooding.
However, a question that we need to ask is – Why previous governments had not addressed this?
There used to be a crossing there 70 years ago but was swept away by successive floods and cyclones.
We agree that it has taken so long to finally replace it. Now that we have a new bridge, the 280 people of Nasau and those in the surrounding area have a proper structure to get them across.
While students are safe during their travel, villagers do not have to worry to carry their farm produce across the river to load them on a vehicle to get them to the market.
We must thank the Fiji Roads Authority for the construction of the new bridge. The bridge links the village to the Kings Road and beyond.
Maika Bolatiki

Feedback: maikab@fijisun.com.fj



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