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Viwa Get Fibreglass Boat

About twenty students from Viwa Village in Bau, Tailevu will travel to school in comfort today in their new 23 feet fibreglass boat. The boat was funded by the Office
29 Aug 2017 11:00
Viwa Get Fibreglass Boat
Keleni Lutu receives her cheque from the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on August 28, 2017. These Government grants are presented to help Fijians start up their small business ventures or income-generating projects. Standing beside Mr Koya is Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali. . Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

About twenty students from Viwa Village in Bau, Tailevu will travel to school in comfort today in their new 23 feet fibreglass boat.

The boat was funded by the Office of the Prime Minister under the Small Grant Scheme at a cost of $17,234.

It was handed over to Viwa Village headman Ilaitia Ratuvou, yesterday at the disbursement of micro and small business grants in Nausori.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun, an elated Mr Ratuvou thanked the Government for the timely assistance and for answering to their plea.

He said previously students from the village had trouble crossing over to Bau as they did not have provisions for proper transportation.

“There is a boat that transports the students of Bau and sometimes the boat is late in the mornings and also in the afternoons. So we pleaded with the Prime Minister to give us a boat to assist us in transporting our kids to school,” Mr Ratuvou said.

“I am very grateful to the Government for answering our plea in handing over this boat to help our students who attend Bau District School. The timely assistance is all possible through God’s grace.”

The boat boasts a 40 horsepower Yamaha outboard engine equipped with a safety kit.

In handing over the white fiberglass boat, the office trusts, that the assistance will assist in transporting the school children to and from Viwa village.

The project also contributes to the Government’s intention in the realisation of the right of every person to have reasonable access to transportation and ultimately contributing in making Fiji a knowledge-based society.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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