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Team Visits ‘Remote’ Liku

  Liku Village on Nayau Island is probably one of the most inaccessible villages in the Lau Group. That’s because you can only wade ashore at low tide or go
25 Apr 2015 09:33
Team Visits ‘Remote’ Liku
Members of the Government delegation had to climb cliffs, hike through the bushes and swim to get to Liku village. Photo: Ana Sovaraki

 

Liku Village on Nayau Island is probably one of the most inaccessible villages in the Lau Group.

That’s because you can only wade ashore at low tide or go on a half-day trek inland to get there.

That did not deter Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu from becoming the most senior Government official ever to visit the village.

Despite its rough terrain punctuated by rocks and vertical cliffs, Mr Moroivalu and some members of his delegation were determined to visit the village.

It was an emotional day for the people of Liku when they received the delegation, a day they said they prayed about and never believed would one day materialise.

Mr Gaunabalavu said the villagers of Liku were lucky to be visited for the first time by a commissioner. The 79-year-old said the Roko Tui Lau, Joeli Nagera, was also only the second roko to visit their village.

“Today is a different day for us. Those of us who are present here are lucky to be alive to be part of this opportunity,” Mr Gaunabalavu said

“All the messages that we’ve heard today from the various government representatives were an eye opener for us.”

He said they always wondered about the status of their infrastructure and whether Government would assist make it better after numerous requests for assistance went unanswered.

“The state of the path from our village to the loading point is in a very bad condition and likewise dangerous and we seek the assistance of Government ,” Mr Gaunabalavu said.

“We request a fibreglass boat for the transportation of our goods and schoolchildren from the loading point to and from Salia Village.”

Salia has the only school on the island (Nayau District School) and students from Liku usually travel there on Sunday afternoons, board through the week and then return home after school on Friday.

Mr Gaunabalavu said the villagers were in a positive mode after Mr Moroivalu’s visit.

“The commissioner has heard our request; we will wait and hope for the best,” he said.

Speaking to the villagers, Mr Moroivalu said it was his duty to visit and deliver services to villages – no matter how remote.

“The determination of the civil servants who have come here today shows their commitment towards delivering services to the people,” he said. “Although it was hard to get to this village we are happy that we have seen and experienced the difficulties faced by the people of Liku.”

Mr Moroivalu said it was important for him to know what was happening on the ground, even if he was in Suva.

“This is what we should be doing. We are your servants; here to serve you and it is important that we come out here and feel and see for ourselves the difficulties in order to deliver a response that is suitable and effective,” he said.

Feedback:  ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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