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Road Conditions Affect Saqani Students

  A three kilometre walk on the hilly terrains of Saqani to get to the main road has become a norm for some students in the Saqani district of Cakaudrove. Children
30 Mar 2017 11:00
Road Conditions Affect Saqani Students
(from left) Nacula Village headman Ilitama Dakuvusi, and Natuvu village headman Rokovalu. Photo: Josaia Ralago

 

A three kilometre walk on the hilly terrains of Saqani to get to the main road has become a norm for some students in the Saqani district of Cakaudrove.

Children as young as five, in the villages of Natuvu and Biaugunu have been forced to walk 30 minutes from their homes to the main road because of the poor road conditions.

In an interview with the Natuvu Village headman, Manoa Rokovalu, said this had been an ongoing problem for over a month.

“This is because the Rural Service Licence (RSL) carrier for the students cannot come down to the village because the road is really bad,” Mr Rokovalu said.

“I had written to the relevant authorities three weeks ago, but still nothing has been done.”

He said the students in the two villages attended Saqani District School and Saqani High School which is located in the neighbouring village of Saqani.

While responding to the concern, the divisional planning officer Northern Alipate Bolalevu has made a call to all village headmen in the district that they should contact his office or the Commissioner’s Office for such pressing issues.

“We will take this down and will follow it up with the relevant authorities. Please remember that my office is there, if your requests are not being attended to then please contact me so we can see to it then issues are attended to on time,” Mr Bolalevu said.

He advised villagers to halt logging operations during the wet weather because this would lead to road damages.

There are close to 30 students from the two villages from kindergarten to secondary school.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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