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Water, Roads, Power Essential For Our Economic Growth

The opening of modern water, power and road systems during the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s tour of the North and the Western divisions is a cause for celebration. It raises
27 Jan 2016 10:51
Water, Roads, Power  Essential For Our  Economic Growth

The opening of modern water, power and road systems during the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s tour of the North and the Western divisions is a cause for celebration.

It raises a question, though: What were previous governments doing?

It is incomprehensible that for all these years, these people, mostly from our villages and rural settlements suffered in silence since Independence in 1970. Many have died along the way with this dream of modern water, power and roads.

January, 2016, will be a month to remember for our rural and maritime areas Mr Bainimarama visited. Because wherever he went, he was opening something. If it was not new classrooms with equipment and furniture, it was new water and power source or new roads. He also distributed small grants of $1000 cheques to hundreds of people to stimulate business and economic growth in some of the poorest sections of our society.

The assistance is making a difference in the lives of many people who otherwise were resigned to a life of poverty for the rest of their lives.

It is changing mindsets and convincing many that we need to put people to work and not stuck in the old ways.

The change would inevitably lead to a clash of cultures, the old and the new way forward.

This is to be expected and we need to embrace it and make the adjustments for the sake of our children’s future.

Those who resist change will be left behind. That’s the reality of the remarkable transformation that is happening.

If you go to Nasali Landing in Rewa,  you will see a woman from Lomanikoro running a small thriving cafeteria there. She is one of the beneficiaries of the $1000 grant. When people come to the landing to wait for boats or buses, she provides a service to them. There is nothing grandiose about it but just a basic, simple service for the people who need a quick cuppa and sandwiches before they move on.

Replicate it in other areas and you get a nice picture of a rural economy that is alive and growing. Small businesses like this provide a vital link to our national economy. Infact they spice up our economic growth.

Yesterday, 32 squatter families in Cuvu, Sigatoka, some of whom have been waiting for 30 to 40 years, received their land leases from Mr Bainimarama yesterday. It’s a major boost for a community which now has security.

When our PM talks about the need to speed up infrastructure development, it is good news for those people who have been waiting for a long time.

Komave villager  Matai Vosaicake is thrilled with the commissioning of a new water system for them. He says their children will now be able to drink safe clean water.

Mr Bainimarama has extended his tour of the West because he wants to visit other Government projects. He is concerned that some of the projects may not be progressing as fast as he and the people want.

After all the projects he has commissioned or opened, he has a better idea of the people’s urgent needs. They are critical to the national development plan.

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