Naitasiri

$17m for developments in Naitasiri province

Government’s development agenda for the new financial year in the province of Naitasiri will focus on the critical sectors of roads, water, electricity, and education which is more than $17million. This was highlighted by the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu, while opening the Naitasiri Provincial Council Meeting […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 5, 2016 9:42 am

Government’s development agenda for the new financial year in the province of Naitasiri will focus on the critical sectors of roads, water, electricity, and education which is more than $17million.

Minister Seruiratu during the Naitasiri Provincial Council Meeting. (DEPTFO)
Minister Seruiratu during the Naitasiri Provincial Council Meeting. (DEPTFO)

This was highlighted by the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu, while opening the Naitasiri Provincial Council Meeting in Vunidawa.

Speaking in the iTaukei language, Minister Seruiratu informed members of the council who represent the 16 districts in Naitasiri that development in these sectors is foundational in responding to the needs of their communities and in improving their livelihoods.

He added that development in Naitasiri would only be successful if the people were willing to take ownership and to work with the government.

Roads

In the roads sector, Government will extend the road network from Nakorosule to Waibalavu, and ultimately to Nawaisomo at a cost of $1.5m. Government is also spending $7.5m to extend the road network from Sawanikula village to Nasauvere; $1.25m for the Sawani/Serea Rd, $0.6m for the Nakorosule Crossing; and $0.53m for the Wailoa Crossing.

 Water

Minister Seruiratu said that the water dam at Nakorosule District School would be upgraded at a cost of $153,000.00. This is in addition to the $4.2m water project covering eight communities across the country including Lomaivuna. A further forty-four communities and villages in Naitasiri vulnerable to droughts in the dry seasons will also receive 5,000ltr water tanks.

 Electricity

In relation to power supply, Government will extend the grid to the Lomaivuna area at a cost of $0.82m and also construct the Qiolevu line costing $0.48m. Government has also lined up rural electrification projects for Naitauvoli, Waibau, and Vatulili.

 Education

For education, Minister Seruiratu said a new kindergarten and a teacher’ quarters will be constructed at Naitavuni Primary School. Repair works will also be conducted at classrooms at Nadakuni Primary School and for teachers’ quarters at Nasele Catholic, Wainawaqa Primary, and Navuso District Schools. Other upgrading of education facilities throughout the province are totalled at $0.45m.

Minister Seruiratu also emphasized to the members of the Council meeting that development is about partnership.

Members of the Naitasiri Provincial Council at yesterday's meeting. (DEPTFO)
Members of the Naitasiri Provincial Council at yesterday’s meeting. (DEPTFO)

He has urged the people of Naitasiri to work closely with Government in the identification of development needs for the province.

Members of the Council also had the opportunity to raise their issues of concern directly to the Minister during a question and answer session this morning.

The two-day meeting ends today.

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