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Koya Turns on Power Supply to Light up Boca Settlement

WATI TALEBULA, LABASA Many Fijians have grown up having access to electricity all their lives, but for residents of Boca Settlement in Wainikoro it is a different story. On Friday
28 Jan 2018 11:00
Koya Turns on Power Supply to Light up Boca Settlement
Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya, officially turned on the electricity supply for Boca settlement on Friday night, 26 January 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

WATI TALEBULA, LABASA

Many Fijians have grown up having access to electricity all their lives, but for residents of Boca Settlement in Wainikoro it is a different story.

On Friday night, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya officially turned on the electricity supply for the settlement.

Mr Koya said the reliable source of electricity would provide for 17 families in the settlement.

“Many Fijians take electricity for granted and yet for some Fijians, being able to have electricity has been a distant dream for a very long time,” Mr Koya said.

“Your ability to own a diesel generator has simply been too expensive, while the cost of the fuel needed to run it is merely beyond your reach

“However, all that comes to an end today, as this project was completed at a cost of $94,313.

“This project is part of the massive programme of rural electrification the Fijian Government is funding throughout the country and this year alone, $42.6million has been allocated to electrify homes in rural areas across Fiji.”

Boca resident Marica Siga, 65, said life was full of hardships without electricity, but now it was easy.

“I was born and raised here and it was really difficult without electricity. especially for the children to study,” Ms Siga said.

“Before we used to take our phone to another place to charge or go to Labasa to print our documents. But now we don’t have to go through that anymore.”

District advisory counsellor of Daku, Wainikoro, Narendra Pratap said the project was fully funded by the Government

“It was a dream come true for us because we never thought this day would come,” he said.

“Before we used a generator, hurricane or benzene lamps and candle as a source of light, but now we don’t have to anymore.

“The people are overwhelmed because this will make our life easier since this is also a sugar cane farming area. “

The electricity they received is a pre-pay system and therefore they will pay through their respective M-Paisa accounts.

Edited by Percy Kean

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