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A good Samaritan

Yaswant Singh, the director international sales for Cal Valley Solar, played the Good Samaritan when he gave a lift to a Police officer who was on his way home from
19 Jan 2015 10:20
A good Samaritan
Cal Valley Solar director of international sales Yaswant Singh

Yaswant Singh, the director international sales for Cal Valley Solar, played the Good Samaritan when he gave a lift to a Police officer who was on his way home from work one evening last November.

“I was driving from Suva to Nadi and I got stopped by a Police officer who was by the roadside,” Mr Singh said.

“At first I thought I was getting a ticket, but when the officer approached my vehicle, he asked me for a lift to Navua.”

Through their conversation, Mr Singh learned the difficulties Police officers serving at the Namosi Community Post were facing.

He heard the officers had been working without any source of electricity thus limiting their work.

“I was touched by what I heard and it dawned on me that I could help. I approached the Minister for Defence, Timoci Natuva and Deputy Commissionerof Police Isikeli Vuniwaqa for permission to assist the community post,” he said.

Born and raised in Fiji, Mr Singh migrated to America in the early 1980s and returned after 22 years.

He has travelled around the country, and believes that solar technology provided by Cal Valley Solar is the solution to lighting up rural areas.

This also was the reason why he chose to help the Namosi Community Post.

“When there is no power in the Police post or any centre that provides essential services, in my point of view that has to be regarded as a national security issue which is why I decided to help”.

Mr Singh then visited the post and installed the solar panels.

The installation was completed with labour assistance from Neo-Tech Solutions, a local-based company, specialising in renewable energy and security solutions.

“Neo-Tech Solutions provided us with labour. It took us about three hours to install the solar panel and all its equipment and now it is in full operation,” Mr Singh said.

Mr Singh said he sympathised with struggling Fijians, especially those in rural areas.

“When you go to rural areas in the night, you see children studying under limited lights of kerosene lamps. It is not good for their eyes, they are vulnerable to risks of fire and emission of smoke from the lamps or the diesel from generators,” he said.

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