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PM Keeps Promise

Bainimarama vowed to give Vanuakula a bridge 6 years ago and yesterday opened the $1.2m facility. The villages in the tikina of Nasau in Ra will finally have quicker access
04 Feb 2016 11:14
PM Keeps Promise
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the Crossing bridge at Vanuakula, Nalawa, Ra yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Bainimarama vowed to give Vanuakula a bridge 6 years ago and yesterday opened the $1.2m facility.

The villages in the tikina of Nasau in Ra will finally have quicker access to schools and hospital after the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, fulfilled a promise he made in Rakiraki six years ago.

The PM had given his word back in 2010 in Rakiraki Town that he would build a crossing at Vanuakula and yesterday it became a reality for the villages of Vanuakula, Nasau, Nabumakita, Nukulau, Nauria, Ovalau, Savu, Nasukamai and Nailuva when he opened $2.1-million crossing.

“I am pleased for you today because this project will make a big difference in your lives; I’m pleased for your children; I’m pleased for the opportunities these crossings will bring to this area,” he said.

He said the crossing has been designed and constructed to last a long time; to withstand harsh weather and flood conditions.

“We must give our children quality education and of course they can’t get that education if they can’t reach school – every day no matter what the weather brings.”

Ratu Isiromi Namadila, 75, of Vanuakula said, “It will be easier for us to go and see the doctor at Nasau Health Centre for a check-up as we will just use the new bridge that has been opened,” he said.

He said now their school children would be able to travel in vehicles they could also take their cargo to the market more easily whereas before they used to transport it across the river by bilibili.

Reverend Laisenia Kaiwai has been in the district for last two years.

“I would cross the river five times a week by swimming but now it has been made easy,” he said.

A parent, Unaisi Ranadi, 35 thanked the Prime Minister for the timely investment.

“When the river gets flooded our children would stop going to school altogether until the river level drops down.”

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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