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Cheers for PM As He Brings Smiles To People In North Tour

From schools to a new Government station, they applaud the services provided under Bainimarama’s leadership Prime Minister brought smiles to many people as he began his whirlwind Northern Division tour
24 Feb 2017 11:11
Cheers for PM As He Brings Smiles To People In North Tour
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the people of Bua during the opening of the Lekutu Government Station in Bua yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

From schools to a new Government station, they applaud the services provided under Bainimarama’s leadership

Prime Minister brought smiles to many people as he began his whirlwind Northern Division tour yesterday.

Ovini Baleinamau of Lekutu in Bua told Mr Bainimarama when he welcomed him in the traditional manner that this was a momentous day for his people.

“For so long we have been praying for such  a development and its eventuation has brought us so much happiness that we cannot express,” he said.

He was referring to the commissioning of the new Lekutu Government Station.

A big crowd from five villages and three islands that make up the Lekutu District were present to join in the celebrations.

“We have gathered here because we are so happy and we would like to thank the Government for the provision of a station that would make life easy for our people,” Mr Baleinamau said.

The people in the district used to travel as far as Nabouwalu for Government services such the Ministry of Justice for death and birth registry, social welfare and so on.

“Our cries have been heard and we would like to greatly thank the Government for this immense assistance,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama told the people that the main purpose of this initiative was to make life much easier for the people in rural areas.

“We would continue to ensure that Fijians get access to Government services wherever they are,” he said.

“I am also urging the civil servants to perform their duties to the best of their abilities to better serve the people of Fiji.”

The district of Lekutu consists of the following villages, Nasarawaqa, Namuavoivoi, Banikea, Kavula,Votua and the island of Yaqaga, Galoa and Tavea.

 

Cheers for solar lights

Navakasiga District School students  have thrown away kerosene lamps and used solar powered lights to study.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned the solar project yesterday.

Head teacher Samuela Maui said this was a historic day in the lives of people in this community.

Mr Maui applauded the Government for its commitment towards not only facilities in schools but in all areas which would continue to improve the lives of citizens.

He added that since the inception of this $50,000 project, the children no longer needed to use kerosene lanterns.

Mr Bainimarama promised the Government would continue to reach out into the outlying areas to ensure that education and health services were provided for the people of Fiji.

The school manager, Waisale Maiyare, said this was a dream come true for the two villages, Nasau and Naiviqiri who sent their students to this school.

“This is the first ever proper lighting project since their generator broke down two years before this solar project was completed.

“Ever since then they have been using kerosene lanterns to study,” Mr Maiyare said.

“This will definitely give our children a push for better education and we anticipate better results.”

 

Infant school boost

Parents cheered for Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama when he commissioned The Banikea Infant School yesterday.

It was an emotional moment for Melaia Daveta who along with other parents, cheered and shouted with excitement when Mr Bainimarama opened the doors to the infant school.

“This is like a miracle and a wonderful intervention for us especially for our children who would not have to travel far to go to school,” Ms Daveta said.

“I look after two of my granddaughters, one is in Year 2 and one is in kindergarten.

“And I  am so happy that I do not have to put them through boarding school where we do not see them for a whole week.”

The closest schools are Korokadi Primary School and Lekutu District School and they are located at  considerable distances from the villages.

“The students who used to go to Korokadi which is about 8km from our village of Banikea, would sometimes have to walk when it rained because of the very poor road conditions,” Ms Daveta said.

Mr Bainimarama said the Government was focused in improving the education systems because young children were not supposed to be taken away from their parents at such a tender age.

He said that the Government would continue to provide infant schools in communities that needed it.

The school has a roll of 49 students, 20 of which are in kindergarten.

The villages are located in the district of Lekutu in Bua.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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