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Electricity Lights Up Waibuku Homes

The days of studying under a candle light are over for the students of Waibuku in Ba. Yesterday the Minister for Local Government, Rural Development, Housing and Environment, Parveen Bala,
02 Apr 2017 10:27
Electricity Lights Up Waibuku Homes
Minister for Local Government, Rural Development, Housing and Environment Parveen Bala with the Waibuka community in Ba. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan

The days of studying under a candle light are over for the students of Waibuku in Ba.

Yesterday the Minister for Local Government, Rural Development, Housing and Environment, Parveen Bala, commissioned a new electricity grid for 19 homes as Government had promised the community which is located 10km from Ba Town.

Ashwin Kaur, Year 9 student of AD Patel College in Ba, said: “Not only can I now study under proper light, I can now request my parents to buy me at least a laptop from which I will learn about technologies.”

Sarita Nand, the woman who made the original request to the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, about electricity for the community, could not hide her joy.

She said: “The children could now learn how to use laptops, phones, tablets and access internets.

“My elders have also longed to see this day when we got electricity in our houses and I would like to thank the Prime Minister who had listened to me when I approached him in 2013 and he has made this happen.”

People of Waibuku were so happy yesterday they pledged their support for the FijiFirst Government.

Community leader Nukul Barma said this was the only Government that had walked the talk. He said it had treated everyone equally.

Mr Bala said he was happy that the community now had access to electricity.

“After the application was made there was contribution from the people of the community and Government to move the project, however, Government decided to undertake the project solely and returned all the money received from the people,” Mr Bala said.

The Waibuku project was done through the Government’s rural electrification project at a cost of more than $105,000.

Meanwhile, Mr Bala and representatives from Land Transport Authority, Water Authority of Fiji and Fiji Electricity Authority will be meeting the people of Ba at the Navoli Sanatan Primary School at 1pm today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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