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Relocation Pleases Nauouo Villagers

Government praised for its assistance.   The 119 villagers of Nauouo in Ovalau are thankful to the Fijian Government’s plans for assisting them in their successful relocation. When Tropical Cyclone
02 Aug 2018 10:00
Relocation Pleases Nauouo Villagers
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the official commissioning of the relocation of the Nauouo Village homes, in Ovalau on July 31, 2018. Photo: Manhar Vithal

Government praised for its assistance.

 

The 119 villagers of Nauouo in Ovalau are thankful to the Fijian Government’s plans for assisting them in their successful relocation.

When Tropical Cyclone Winston hit the country in February 2016, 19 of the 22 homes in the village were not spared. An elderly women died as a result after a church wall fell on her.

The new village site, which is not far from the old site,  now sits above sea level and is more in-land. The old village site was close to the shoreline.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the handover last night.

Former village headman Mataiasi Dakuitoga, 57, said: “I cannot describe this happiness compared to what happened on that day as it was a strange chaos. It would be best described to be a war zone. We thank God and the Government for assisting us with this project.”

Iliorevi Nagalu, 70, who was married to a woman from the village some 40 years ago, said: “It was the toughest day when you think about the TC Winston event.

“This is a remarkable good home with a bedroom, porch with amenities inside. It is a wonderful boost for those who are elderly like me because you don’t have to go outside.”

Mr Nagalu’s house was completely destroyed when TC Winston made landfall.

Mr Bainimarama said: “The Nauouo relocation project is a clear demonstration of the benefits of Government and private sector partnership in development. It symbolises my Government’s continuous effort towards ensuring that all Fijians are able to contribute to the betterment of our great nation.”

“The co-operation between my government, Grace road and the community should be a lesson to us all. That together we can achieve our goals.”

Mr Bainimarama acknowledged the contribution of Grace Road and the community for the successful implementation of the project.

He said the project cost was $695,705.85 and the implementation in the three phases exemplified the co-operation of the Government, the private sector and the local community.

Phase 1 – identification of site and clearing of the proposed site of debris, funded by the office of the Divisional Commissioner Eastern with a total of $35,230.

Phase 2 – was the actual construction of 21 houses for the relocated families. This phase was funded through the kind assistance of Grace Road Food (Fiji) Limited with a total cost of $630,000. The estimated cost of each house was $30,000.

Phase 3 – project involved electrical works to ensure that the newly constructed houses are able to have access to electricity. This project was implemented by the Department of Energy, at the cost of $30, 474.85.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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