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Villagers Hail PM a Hero

Naiyarabale villagers in the heart of Cakaudrove have praised Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for crossing a flooded river to become the first PM to visit them. They are from the
26 Feb 2017 11:18
Villagers Hail PM a Hero
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (second from left), boarding a boat to ferry across the flooded Naiyarabale River. Photo: Josaia Ralago

Naiyarabale villagers in the heart of Cakaudrove have praised Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for crossing a flooded river to become the first PM to visit them.

They are from the Vaturova district, one of the isolated areas of the province.

Mr Bainimarama boarded an old boat to cross the flooded Naiyarabale River, helped by young men from the village, who used a rope to guide the PM’s party and reach the other side safely.

After coming all the way from Suva, he was not going to let a flooded river stop him from reaching Naiyarabale, one of the many places he visited during his whirlwind Northern Division tour.

His efforts were recognised by the villagers who welcomed him and hailed him a hero.

Prior to his arrival the people from the entire Vaturova District waited eagerly at the village green to greet him and his team. This was the first time a Prime Minister had visited them and they treated the occasion with deep appreciation and celebration.

Through the sevusevu (yaqona ceremony), the Tui Vaturova and his people expressed their appreciation for the historic visit.

Presenting the sevusevu, a big green yaqona plant with roots, Jovesa Serunasiga, said they valued and respected Mr Bainimarama’s arrival with his delegation.

“We are honoured and blessed to have the leader of our Government grace us with his presence, for braving the road and a flooded river to get to us. For that we are very thankful,” Mr Serunasiga said.

“In past Governments, the request for a visit by the Prime Minister was denied.

“Your arrival today is a testament to us of your commitment to serve the people.

“Sir, this is a momentous occasion for us.

I know for most of us here today this will be an event they would remember for a long time.

“We have also seen and felt a lot of positive changes here. We have better roads, and now we have solar electricity and a much improved stable water source.

“The Vanua ko Wacawaca (Naiyarabale) greatly appreciates all that the Government has done for us.”

Mr Bainimarama was at the village to commission their solar electricity and their water source, which is now treated, making it safer for them.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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