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Street Lights Trigger Song, Celebration Of Villagers

The village of Tore burst into songs and the beating of drums after the streetlights were turned on along Cuvu Road in Nadroga last week. Tore Village elder Alipate Naqaya
02 Jan 2017 17:48
Street Lights Trigger Song, Celebration Of Villagers
Street lights

The village of Tore burst into songs and the beating of drums after the streetlights were turned on along Cuvu Road in Nadroga last week.

Tore Village elder Alipate Naqaya said the villagers marked the grand occasion a day after the lights were switched on, which the Fiji Sun team witnessed.

Another village headman Solomoni Waqanavanua said the lights brought a new atmosphere to the whole area.

“When the lights went up it brought in a new atmosphere altogether to the whole village,” Mr Waqavanua said.

“Since we have a multiracial community it is not only wise but safe to have it near the villages and community.”

The street lights along the road have lit up the settlement of Naidovi, Hanahana Village, Vunahawira Village, Voua Village, Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa junction, Rukurukulevu Village, Cuvu Village, Naqeledamu Village, Sila Village, Naevuevu Village and Malaqereqere Village.

Mr Waqavanua paid tribute to the Government and the New Capital Urban Street Light Programme which is being implemented by the Fiji Roads Authority.

“We thank the Government for this initiative, we have about 200 households in the village and others who are renting around here and this could not have come at a better time,” Mr Waqavanua said.

He said walking to nearby villages in the night would now be safe for women and children.

Rukurukulevu assistant village headman Joseva Naqota said: “Now it feels safe to walk to the next village, compared to before it was dark and bit unsafe for the community to walk along this road.”

“Right now in these days, we have heard so many dreadful things happening to children, women and the public.

“Although it has not happened here, but we feel this street light is a blessing to the village.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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