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Adi Bua Festival Funds Raised To Buy Land For Commercial Purposes

Funds raised from the 2018 Adi Bua Festival are expected to go towards securing a land for commercial pur­poses for the nine districts of Bua. The people of Bua gathered
01 Dec 2018 11:00
Adi Bua Festival Funds Raised To Buy Land For Commercial Purposes
Women of Nadivakarua at the Adi Bua Festival at Nabouwalu, Bua, on November 30, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

Funds raised from the 2018 Adi Bua Festival are expected to go towards securing a land for commercial pur­poses for the nine districts of Bua.

The people of Bua gathered on Thursday and yesterday for the two-day Adi Bua Fes­tival at the Raralevu Ground in Nabouwa­lu Bua.

The festival committee’s aim was to raise $286,995.00.

The Adi Bua Festival is an annual event of the Adi Bua Festival in which all the 54 villages and nine districts within the Province come together to raise funds towards development projects of the Coun­cil.

Roko Tui Bua Aisake Nadumu said it had been an ongoing initiative of the Vale Ni Tikina and each district was expected to raise $40,000 for the commercial plot.

“The money raised from the carnival will be used to buy the commercial lots, so we could start a new office and a garden in which the locals will benefit from,” Mr Na­dumu said.

“In the past years, funds raised were di­rected towards scholarships for the chil­dren of Bua in tertiary institutions, but this year it will be used to secure land for each of the districts.

“While Government is working towards the declaration of Nabouwalu as a town, we the people of Bua have to ensure that we are able to play an important role in its running.”

He called on the support of all the dis­tricts to be financially productive.

“Togetherness is the way forward for us. We need to unite and be focused on a goal to help develop and move Bua forward.

“The annual event has renewed tradition­al ties for the local communities with those living in urban areas,” he said.

Meanwhile; the Government has invested $1.7 million into the development of the Nabouwalu New Town Project in Bua on Vanua Levu.

Department of Town and Country Plan­ning Northern Divisional technical officer Manasa Tuilau said while the divisional civil works had been carried out in Nabou­walu and Seaqaqa, works were at its stage two.

“Getting Nabouwalu and Seaqaqa off the ground is not an easy task; let alone the making of a town, a place where we can all say ‘our new town’. It was important, that we get the designs, the plans right, en­gineering designs and even environment requirements met before the work starts.

“Successful contractor Hussain’s Hire Plant of Labasa duration of works is 52 weeks. The contractor value is $7,138,343. 20. This is for Nabouwalu,” Mr Tuilau said.

He said they were working towards a deadline.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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