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Shining Light To A Bright Future

Josaia Dabeikorolevu  of Naiutuutu, Namena, Tailevu, was a happy man yesterday. And he had every reason to be happy. For the first time last night, his four children did their
19 Feb 2016 11:56
Shining Light To A Bright Future
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (middle), with students of Namena District School in Tailevu yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

Josaia Dabeikorolevu  of Naiutuutu, Namena, Tailevu, was a happy man yesterday.

And he had every reason to be happy.

For the first time last night, his four children did their homework under proper lights powered by a new $44,349- grid switched on by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday.

Mr Dabeikorolevu’s family is one of nine families that are benefitting from the project.

“We live away from the village in a settlement and it was very dark with all the bushes and forest surrounding us,” he said.

“We used to use candles and lamps. Electricity has made a big difference in our lives. We can now look forward to a bright future

“We are grateful to the Prime Minister and his Government for hearing our plight.”

Mr Bainimarama said before the grid opening: “Electricity means the difference between back-breaking labour and modern electrical appliances that help with community work,” he said.

Electricity gave the children the ability to study late into the night and be better prepared for school.

“Electricity creates well-lit, safe homes and streets that everyone can feel comfortable in at any hour of the day,” he said.

These advantages, he said, would give them a step-up in life and allow them to achieve even greater things for their families and for Fiji.

He said when his Government invested in the people; it was because they believed that their hard work could bring even greater benefits for the country down the road.

“I’m confident you will meet those expectations. You have the ability, and now, with the power of electricity on your side, there is no telling how great the Naiutuutu Settlement can become.”

He said when they provided Fijians with electricity they also kept them connected to the rest of the country.

Moving Fiji forward, according him, is a group effort, and they are better off every time another community is added to their national grid.

“That means one more community that is up-to-date on current events and able to contribute to the important conversations happening around Fiji.”

He said the developments Government was creating were not gifts or handouts; they were developments for hard-working Fijians.

“And the same goes for our Fijians here in Tailevu and the electrification project that is opening here today.”

 

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