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More Walesi Towers For North: PM

More good news for people in the Northern Division! They will soon have better signals on their Walesi Digital Television. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made the assurance during a talanoa
06 Jul 2018 10:00
More Walesi Towers For North: PM
(From left) Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Legal Aid Commission officers and some members of the public in front of the new Legal Aid Commission office in Nabouwalu, Bua. Photo: DEPTFO News

More good news for people in the Northern Division!

They will soon have better signals on their Walesi Digital Television.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made the assurance during a talanoa session at Nabouwalu in Bua yesterday.

This follows queries from the people that they faced poor signals.

Mr Bainimarama revealed that new reception towers will be constructed soon on high mountains throughout the province.

He said Walesi TV provided an opportunity for people in the remote parts of Fiji to watch first hand deliberations that goes on in parliament proceedings, in the news and around the country.

“This way Fijians don’t have to rely on second and third hand information which sometimes leads to untruths and exaggeration,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“There are a lot of people, through social media, through Facebook, through all of those things; even through word of mouth, they have been spreading untruths.

“Too much incorrect information is being passed around, but when you watch the parliamentary proceedings, you know exactly what they said.

“You will hear what the honourable Prime Minister said, what the Opposition said and what the ministers said.

“Through this channel you will hear straight from them.”

He said the initiative is a major victory for Fiji, and a major milestone in the FijiFirst Government’s mission to provide better services to all Fijians regardless of their socio-economic status.

Government investment

The Walesi platform is an attempt by Government to connect 100 per cent Fijians to television.

Through terrestrial and satellite network, the Walesi signal is now available everywhere in Fiji, the Prime Minister said.

“We are well on our way to broadcasting free-to-air digital television to every home in the country,” he said.

“This is one of the reasons why we are putting this free-to-air television around the country. We want everyone to have access to that information.”

He also clarified that the investment of the free television service was not from Government’s coffers.

“What we’ve done as part of the programme, which has required a lot of money is that we have not used Government money from the budget,” Mr Bainimarama said

“What we did a few years ago was that all the incoming international calls to Fiji were being charged one or two cents as a levy.

“That is the money we have used to set up internet in all the schools, what we call telecentres and we have used that also for the Walesi programme.”

Walesi TV has eight channels which are free-to-air and both FBC TV and Fiji One TV have a couple while the rest are source-based.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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