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We’ll Stay In Koro: Nakodu Villager

Nakodu villager from Koro Apete Digitaki yesterday told the Fiji Sun that he would not relocate to Suva. He said he had brought his 17-year-old daughter to be treated in
13 Mar 2016 11:52
We’ll Stay In Koro: Nakodu Villager
Apete Digitaki at Nabua yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Nakodu villager from Koro Apete Digitaki yesterday told the Fiji Sun that he would not relocate to Suva.

He said he had brought his 17-year-old daughter to be treated in Suva from injuries she sustained during Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“My daughter injured her leg from broken glasses at the height of TC Wilson,” Mr Digitaki said.

He answered in the negative when asked if his family would relocate to Suva after his daughter’s treatment.

Mr Digitaki, who currently stays at the old State Theatre in Nabua, now used by the Pentecostal Church, said he would go back to start rebuilding.

“Relocation to Suva is just a rumour,” he said of reports claiming this.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had said the iTaukei Affairs Board would be sending a team to Koro Island to put together a list of what the villagers urgently wanted.

This in fact was a move by Government to help stop the islanders from needing to relocate to Suva.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary iTaukei Affairs Board (TAB) Apakuki Kurusiga told the Fiji Sun that a team had left for the island yesterday.

He said the concern was that some people from Koro were leaving the island following the massive damage caused by Cyclone Winston.

“We want to stop them from relocating to Suva,” he said.

He said the team had been directed to go to the people and get what they urgently needed.

Mr Kurusiga said the team would compile a report and hand it to Government when they returned.

National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director Akapusi Tuifagalele said work on rebuilding damaged schools in Koro had started.

Meanwhile, Mr Digitaki is looking to regroup with funds from the Fiji National Provident Fund after losing all of his diving equipment and his two-bedroom concrete home from the cyclone devastation. Like the vast majority of Koro Islanders he wants to rebuild their home.

 

Edited by Manasa Kalounivit

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