‘Our Children Have Safe Water’

Our children will now be able to drink clean, safe and fresh water at home, says Komave villager Matai Vosaicake. “They don’t have to wait to get to school to
26 Jan 2016 14:14
‘Our Children Have Safe Water’
Clean water at last…Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama turns on the tap at Komave Village signifying the commissioning of the Komave Water Project in Nadroga yesterday. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

Our children will now be able to drink clean, safe and fresh water at home, says Komave villager Matai Vosaicake.

“They don’t have to wait to get to school to get a glass of clean water,” he said.

Mr Vosaicake and Komave villagers in Nadroga were celebrating yesterday after Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned their new water system worth $101,167.

“It’s a proud and happy feeling for our village to finally have fresh drinking water at our doorsteps,” he said.

Mr Vosaicake said now they not only had water at their homes but fresh and filtered drinking water.

“I feel satisfied and grateful that the Government heard our cry and I’m satisfied that my children will not be deprived one of the most basic human rights- fresh water.”

The same sentiments were shared by Valavia Raluve Nasau, 70, who said, “Before we used to wait for the water to settle before having a drink.

“This is also the first time for any senior Government official to ever visit Komave and we are very humbled. Previous year’s governments were asked but none bothered to turn up and today with the PM here, it’s just a blessing.”

Meanwhile Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, when commissioning the water system said it was this kind of development that brought unity to our country.

He said the Government was committed to getting water, electricity and road development to everyone outside the towns and cities.

“Development of our country is very important as this brings unity to the people. We have been in unity from previous years and have been united on our Constitution,” he said.

“We have been united during the elections which brings growth in the development of the country.”

He said Fiji was currently enjoying a lot of economic successes.

“For six straight years, our economy has been growing and improving – and we are projected to stay on that track.”

He said the villager’s hard work added to the hard work of thousands of other Fijians to create growth for our larger economy.

“So when that economy does well, it is the duty of my Government to make sure that prosperity is shared by everyone, including those of you here in Komave.”

The new water system in Komave included a new dam, water tank and PVC piping that provided a safe and clean drinking water directly to villagers’ homes.

The project was completed at a total cost of $101,167 and will directly benefit 289 people in Komave Village.

The Nadroga Ecological Purification Project in the village was earlier completed at a cost of $46,066.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti



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