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Settlement Leaders Praise Prime Minister For Their Electricity

If two Tailevu settlement leaders have their way, Voreqe Bainimarama will remain as Prime Minister for many years to come. Epi Drugunalevu of Navuca settlement, Burerua and Apisai Waqa of
07 Jan 2018 11:16
Settlement Leaders Praise Prime  Minister For Their Electricity
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Reverend Leone Waqavanua during the commissioning of the rural electrification project at Navuca settlement, Burerua,Tailevu on January 5, 2018. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau.

If two Tailevu settlement leaders have their way, Voreqe Bainimarama will remain as Prime Minister for many years to come.

Epi Drugunalevu of Navuca settlement, Burerua and Apisai Waqa of Sauva settlement in Buiduna, Nausori, said they were filled with joy and gratitude after seeing Mr Bainimarama open their electricity projects on Friday.

Words alone could not express their feelings of appreciation for Mr Bainimarama, they said.

Mr Drugunalevu said Mr Bainimarama was different from other leaders because he never made promises, but his Government had delivered to the people.

Mr Drugunalevu said they had asked some past leaders for their electricity. He said those former leaders had said yes but nothing was done.

After a long wait of 20 years,  he said they felt relieved that light had finally arrived at their settlement.

“We thank the Prime Minister and his FijiFirst Government for hearing us and bringing light to our settlement,” he said.

He said that most of the homes had already ordered their television, washing machines and other electrical equipment.

The electricity, he said, would enable their students to study well at night as kerosene lamps were becoming obselete

At Sauva settlement Mr Waqa said they had been waiting for their electricity for over 50 years.

“Now our wait is over and I must thank Prime Minister Bainimarama for hearing our request,” he said.

The electricity, he said, would change the lifestyle of the people in the settlement.

He said some past leaders had heard their requests but did nothing.

He said with the FijiFirst Government, they just made one request and it was granted.

He said they had fundraised for years for their electricity and the money they had paid was refunded to them.

He said Fiji needed a leader like Mr Bainimarama as he delivered to the people.

In the past some leaders had made false promises to them, he said.

“We want a leader like Bainimarama.”

At the talanoa sessions, Mr Bainimarama said his Government had set aside $42.6 million for rural electrification this year.

He said the FijiFirst Government wanted life in rural areas to be the same in the urban and semi-urban areas.

These two settlements had also asked for their farm roads.

Mr Bainimarama has asked all government ministries to look into the concerns raised during the talanoa sessions.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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