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Water Joy For 2000

Over 2000 people will clap and shout with joy when Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opens a $2.5million desalination plant on Taveuni Island next week. The significant event will be his
07 Jan 2015 10:45
Water Joy For 2000

Over 2000 people will clap and shout with joy when Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opens a $2.5million desalination plant on Taveuni Island next week.

The significant event will be his first official engagement in the Northern Division this year in the heartland of his political opposition during the elections last year.

Mr Bainimarama will show that he is a man of his word and that there will be no discrimination when it comes to development irrespective of whether they voted for him or not.

The province of Cakaudrove, of which Taveuni is a constituent, provided Mr Bainimarama’s FijiFirst, the stiffest challenge in the elections.

Taveuni is the home turf of the Tui Cakau, paramount chief of Cakaudrove, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu. He is also No 2 in the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) pecking order in Parliament.

But the people of Kanacea, in the district of Vuna, were not talking politics yesterday. They were talking of their joy and relief that at last they would have a decent and proper water supply.

Kanacea Village headman (turaga ni koro) Telisio Cobona said this would be a historic day for all the people of Vuna.

“We are looking forward to the PM’s visit,” he said.

He said they had been without proper water supply for the last four years and had requested the Government for help.

Mr Cobona said they thanked the PM and the Government for the desalination plant as it would solve the water problem they had been facing.

“We now know that we have a caring Prime Minister and we will be at the opening ceremony to thank him and the government,” he said

Housewife Luisa Wati yesterday said they were excited for the big day. She said in the last four years they had no piped water and they used water from the well.

“It was hard for the housewives. I thank the Prime Minister for the help he had made to end the water problem,” she said.

Shopowner Sashi Kumar said he was happy with the opening of the project, as it would end the water problem in Vuna South.

He said he would be at the opening to show his support for the PM and the Government. Mr Bainimarama will be in Taveuni on January 12 and 13 to open a number of projects including the desalination plant.

The Divisional Planning Officer (DPO) Northern, Alipate Bolalevu, said some of these projects were funded by the PM’s Office.

He said the projects included the Evacuation Centre a Welagi and the Girls Hostel at Niusawa High School.

Mr Bolalevu said the desalination plant would benefit people in Vuna South – the Waimaqera and Delaivuna areas including Vuna and Navakawau, Ura estate, Qarawalu and Kanacea village.

“This propject will have 400 metered customers and will benefit 1500 to 2000 people,” he said.

The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) had funded the $2.5 million project.

The PM will also visit the Somosomo Hydro Dam.

He will visit Nadroga on January 15-16.

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