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PM Bainimarama Impressed With The Attendance, Well-Dressed Students

Mr Bainimarama’s delegation included Minister for Rural, Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar and Minister for Infrastructure and Meteorological Services and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate.
16 Feb 2021 12:38
PM Bainimarama Impressed With The Attendance, Well-Dressed Students
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with students, officials and his delegation during his North tour on February 15, 2021. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday commended Bua Central College for its 100 per cent attendance as North schools officially began classes yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama is on a three-day tour of the North visiting and meeting stakeholders and officials, schools, villages, and communities and assessing infrastructure damage after the Tropical Cyclone Yasa and Tropical Cyclone Ana.

Together with his delegation, they are delivering food rations, other relief supplies and boarding materials for students in boarding schools.

Boarding materials were donated by Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

 

He distributed food and boarding materials to:

  • Waibunabuna Primary School
  • Lekutu District School
  • Nabala Secondary School

In Bua Central College he was impressed by the students who all turned up for their classes dressed neatly.

Mr Bainimarama made this compliment to the school principal Raman Lal.

He also inspected repairs which had been completed by the engineers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

The school was affected by Cyclone Yasa on December 17.

Mr Bainimarama’s delegation included Minister for Rural, Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar and Minister for Infrastructure and Meteorological Services and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate.

 

Dama District School

At Dama District School, Ms Akbar confirmed that the damaged structures would be rebuilt.

She made the comment while the delegation observed the two temporary learning spaces that were set up for Year Eight, Year One and Kindergarten students.

While speaking to Year 8, Mr Bainimarama urged them to enrol at their nearby Bua Central College and motivated them to work hard despite the recent natural disasters affecting the North.

Coboi Dharam Sanatan Primary

At Coboi Dharam Sanatan Primary School, the delegation also discussed permanent structures for the school.

Mr Seruiratu said the the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) would supervise repair works that would be carried out by the community.

 

Nabala Secondary School

At Nabala Secondary School, the boarders were taken by surprise when they saw PM and his delegation delivering food rations and boarding materials.

School principal Epi Raikivi thanked Government and its partners for helping the 33 hostel students.

Mr Raikivi was proud when he said that the school had its own water source and that it also had a good attendance on the first day of reopening.

 

Rehabilitation phase

Meanwhile, the Acting Commissioner Northern Vishwa Deo said the operation team was still in the recovery and rehabilitation phase.

A total of 66 schools were affected during the cyclones and while some schools needed quick fixes, three needed new structures, he added.

“All schools used as evacuation centres have been cleared, cleaned and sanitised,” Mr Deo said.

“There a total of 397 evacuees who are now living in make-shift tents or with other family members,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama also handed over food rations and boarding materials for Lekutu District School.

For Lekutu Secondary School, he said two classrooms would be built by Government where Australia would also stepped in to help.

 

Waterborne diseases

There are 22 typhoid cass in Macuata, four in Cakaudrove, two in Bua. Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  laisa.kabulevu@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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