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PM Promises, Delivers In North

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday delivered on another of his Government’s promises to improve the livelihoods of people in the Northern Division. He was on hand to open the
09 Sep 2014 09:36
PM Promises, Delivers In North

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday delivered on another of his Government’s promises to improve the livelihoods of people in the Northern Division.

He was on hand to open the first section of the Buca Bay Road, a key ingredient of the Government’s development plan for Vanua Levu.

“To the people of the North I say: examine for yourself the claims by some would-be politicians that nothing has been done for you and my Government’s Look North Policy is all talk. Here we are today opening a major piece of infrastructure that will transform the lives of thousands of Fijians,” he said.

He said on the other side of the island, his Government was also spending $228-million dollars to build an all weather highway from Nabouwalu to Dreketi and all the way to Labasa.

Earlier in the year, the Government completed a major extension of the power grid to Dreketi via Seaqaqa.

“A few weeks ago in Somosomo I also launched a $15-million dollar project to provide Fijians in Taveuni with affordable electricity,” he said.

He said thousands of ordinary Fijians in the Northern Division had benefited from Government training programmes. Mr Bainimarama said thousands of people had been given help to start their businesses, build new homes or had their cyclone damaged homes repaired.

The sugar industry in the North, he said, was being expanded, land was being reclaimed for growing cane and they intended to crush one million tonnes of sugarcane a year in Labasa by 2020.

“In Taveuni, coconut growers stand to benefit from our programme to revitalise the copra industry, to replace senile trees with younger ones that have higher yields. And for the first time, Fiji is selling Virgin Coconut Oil in Korea at $13 a bottle – a new export industry that promises to transform the lives of many people in the North.”

He said this was genuine achievement – real progress to benefit every Fijian in the North and in the case of the export industries, the economic welfare of every person in the country.

All these, he said, had happened under his Government, which did not make false promises but delivered.

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