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A Better Home For Tuimavana Family

The opening of the Public Rental Board flats in Naqere, Savusavu means a lot for the Tuimavana family. They now join the many thousands of other ordinary Fijians around the
05 Jul 2018 10:00
A Better Home For Tuimavana Family
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the Tuimavana family at the opening of the Public Rental Board flats in Naqere, Savusavu, on July 4, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

The opening of the Public Rental Board flats in Naqere, Savusavu means a lot for the Tuimavana family.

They now join the many thousands of other ordinary Fijians around the country, who have benefited from the FijiFirst Government’s housing programmes

The new flats were opened by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday.

Marika Tuimavana said his family acknowledged the opportunity for better housing.

“For the first time my children will be able to call it their home and this place is clean,” Mr Tuimavana said.

“The Fijian Government has done a lot for us in terms of providing a roof over our heads.

“The increase in pensions is great for elderly people like me, who rely on the social welfare allowances for groceries and other necessary items.”

Forty-eight families now have quality and affordable housing with the opening of the new Public Rental Board flats at Naqere, Savusavu.

The housing project has 32 one-bedroom homes and 16 two-bedroom homes.

Mr Bainimarama said the development had been made possible through a Government grant of $3.9 million

“This is through the Public Rental Board, the Housing Authority, the Squatter Settlement Upgrade Project, the Housing Assistance Relief Trust, and the Housing Assistance Grant for first home buyers,” the PM said.

He congratulated  incoming families and wished them well on this new beginning.

“Please consider this to be your launching pad and work towards greater heights of home-ownership,” he said.

“I know that this initiative has not been an overnight process or success. However, it has required careful thought, proper planning and strategies.”

Mr Bainimarama said the rent has also been subsidised further through the social cost grant, making it affordable for an ordinary Fijian family.

PRB board director Umarji Musa said the Naqere flats is part of a three project programme, one of which is being undertaken in Lautoka and another one is earmarked for Kalabu in Nasinu.

The total cost for the three housing projects is $10 million.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback:  nacanieli.tuilevuka@fijisun.com.fj



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