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Chief: Former Govts Choosy

Past governments were choosy when delivering developments, but not the FijiFirst Government. This was how the Matainoco Village chief, Ratu Inoke Talemaibua, described the completion of their new seawall to
08 May 2015 11:35
Chief: Former Govts Choosy
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, at Matainoco Village, Buretu, Tailevu, yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

Past governments were choosy when delivering developments, but not the FijiFirst Government.

This was how the Matainoco Village chief, Ratu Inoke Talemaibua, described the completion of their new seawall to the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, yesterday.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun during the opening of the village seawall yesterday, Ratu Inoke said they made their seawall requests to past governments but received no positive response.

“They never came back to us even though they promised to construct the seawall and some other development; they were just doing this to win our support,” he said.

“When they were elected they never came back to the village.”

However, he said, last November, the Prime Minister was at Nabouciwa Village and they asked him to stop over at the village.

On his back to Suva, Ratu Inoke said, the Prime Minister stopped over and held discusions with the village committee just outside the village hall.

“He agreed to our request and today he is here to officially open it.”

Ratu Inoke said his village supported Mr Bainimarama’s Government since he took over leadership in 2006.

“When he introduced the People’s Charter, Matainoco was the first village in Tailevu to support it.”

That support continued and Ratu Inoke said they would always be with the Government.

The village headman (turaga ni koro), Sarakaria Rokodrere, said they were blessed with the new seawall, which was constructed at a cost of $166,000, all funded by Government. He said while their requests to past governments were ignored the request to PM Bainimarama was just made verbally just outside the village hall.

“We never wrote a letter like we did before,” he said.

“We’re very thankful to the PM for coming down to the village level to hear our request.”

He said the new seawall and drainage system had dried up all the wet places within and near the village. This, he said, will enable them to plant rootcrops and vegetables for their own consumption and also for the market.

“Before we always plant our crops along the road,” he said.

He said the village boundary had expanded and with the space created by the seawall they were able to build more houses.

“Right now we only have 16 houses.”

He said Matainoco was the only village in the Buretu district that had a kindergarten.

During the talanoa session, he made a request to the PM for a new school because the current one with a roll of 23 was too small.

The Prime Minister reminded them that all kindergartens should be with their primary schools because all developments in education would only be carried out in schools.

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