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Electricity Supply Benefits Residents In Macuata

He said many people didn’t get electricity before because there was a requirement by the previous Government to pay a ten per cent contribution.
17 Mar 2022 14:36
Electricity Supply Benefits Residents In Macuata
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with residents of Nubu village, Lagalaga and Kurukuru Settlement in Macuata on March 15, 2022. Photo: DEPTFO News

Teachers and students of Nubu Primary School, Labasa rejoiced after the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum commissioned their rural electrification project on Tuesday night.

Along with them about 150 houses also joined in the celebration as they also received electricity.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum explained that the Government had spent more than $100million since 2012 to connect Fijians to electricity.

He said many people didn’t get electricity before because there was a requirement by the previous Government to pay a ten per cent contribution.

“The Bainimarama Government got rid of this requirement and this is called empowering the community.”

He said this meant students would be able to study during the night.

Teachers would have access to computers, laptops and the internet.

This he said would be a game changer

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Lagalaga, Nubu, Kurukuru stage two project costs the Government in excess of $4million dollars.

Nubu Primary School head teacher Kaveri Rewa said connecting to electricity now would help improve the learning environment for teachers and 60 students from kindergarten to Year 8.

Nubu Village headman Ratu Lauta Cabeasiga was also thankful for the initiative.

 

District reps, headman make request to A-G

Meanwhile, representative of Namuka, Waqavesi Bulimualevu took a leap of faith on behalf of his district requesting Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to look into the need for electricity supply.

Mr Bulimaulevu said seeing the joy expressed by the people of Nubu motivated him to stand among the crowd fearless to ask for what his people have been longing for decades.

“Electricity supply to homes and schools has now become a basic need,” Mr Bulimualevu said.

“I understand it is an expensive project, but I have great hope in the Bainimarama Government.”

Mr Lekisa said his district was close to Nubu Village and he hoped an extension could be done.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum explained that one of the Government’s aim it was to make sure there was even distribution of electricity in Fiji.

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