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Clean Water Reliable Power Our Aim For All Fijians

Mr Bainimarama while speaking at the commissioning highlighted the critical duty of the Government in making sure that people have access to electricity and clean and safe water supply. “We cannot have one Fiji where clean water and electricity are abundant and taken for granted and another Fiji where people never know if they will have the water and power they need,” he said.
12 Sep 2020 10:00
Clean Water Reliable Power Our Aim For All Fijians
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the students of Nacavanadi Village School. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Spirits were not dampened despite the drizzling rain at Nacavanadi Village, Gau, as the Prime Minister and his entourage made their visit yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama commissioned the village’s water project with an investment of $169,219.00 and Solar Home system project worth $129,086.

Village Headman, Viliame Tikotale, was thankful to the Government as the cries of his villagers were finally heard after many years.

“We had a very hard time in the past especially during the drought season.

“Whenever we tried to get water from the village filter dam, it would already be filled with frogs and insects and that was very unsafe for us,” Mr Tikotale said.

With a population of 110 villagers, which make up 39 families, Nacavanadi was a hive of celebration as they no longer have to worry about receiving clean water and electricity.

Mr Bainimarama while speaking at the commissioning highlighted the critical duty of the Government in making sure that people have access to electricity and clean and safe water supply.

“We cannot have one Fiji where clean water and electricity are abundant and taken for granted and another Fiji where people never know if they will have the water and power they need,” he said.

“We have to plan intelligently and find the right systems with the right technology for each village, whether it is the highlands of Viti Levu or Lomaiviti Islands.

“Government is pleased at such initiatives with the incorporation on the use of technology like solar systems and modern catchment systems hence providing clean water and reliable electrical power to all Fijians by 2021.

“The new water system installed by the Water Authority of Fiji, which I know you have been using, consists of a large catchment for rainwater and a piping system to distribute the water in the village.

“With the large catchment, you can capture and store enough rainwater to be assured that you will have water when you need it, even during the dry season.”

 

Talanoa Session

During the talanoa session in Nacavanadi Village some issues that were brought to the Prime Minister and government officials’ attention were:

There were not enough funds at the Post Fiji office to cater for the villagers in the District and the Island. Because of this, villagers faced challenges while accepting the low funds at the Office. Villagers were assured that funds would be topped to $35,000 and enough to support the needs of those wishing to use the services of Post Fiji.

The Women’s group in Gau requested for a fibreglass boat and engine to help with their needs when vessels berth at Qarani Village. The request would cater for transportation needs. Some women sell their fishing catch at the wharf and have had a hard time walking long distances to do so.

The foot crossing at Qarani Jetty needed to be looked at by the Government engineers as rusting of pipes has become evident. Repair works would begin soon.

Qarani villagers asked for a seawall.

Sawaieke villagers wanted a solar system to be installed as they have no light source.

Youths of Navukailagi District wanted assistance in the supply of chainsaws to help them with youth projects around the villages in the District.

Later yesterday afternoon, Mr Bainimarama donated 2 fibreglass boats in Sawaieke Village.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua       

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