PM vis­its Maniyava, Nadari­vatu

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Naisa Koroi

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama was on the road again vis­it­ing ar­eas af­fected by Cy­clone Win­ston. Yes­ter­day he was at Maniyava Set­tle­ment in Ra, and Nadari­vatu Pri­mary and Sec­ondary schools, and was well re­ceived by the peo­ple there.

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama yes­ter­day gave the green light on three re­quests made to him from Maniyava set­tle­ment in Ra. The first was made by Pe­celi Nakaulevu. He re­quested that their vil­lage to be sur­veyed and reg­is­tered. Mr Nakaulevu said the landowner had given the land for their set­tle- ment ver­bally. In a dis­trict meet­ing, he said the landowner con­firmed of his ver­bal as­sur­ance but noth­ing had been done in writ­ing. Mr Nakaulevu said he was mak­ing the re­quest to safe­guard their chil­dren in fu­ture. The Prime Min­is­ter as­sured Mr Nakaulevu that the Roko Tui Ra would look into it. Mr Nakaulevu said they also wanted the land given to them by the landowner for their farm­ing to be sur­veyed. The vil­lage head­man, Ru­peni Drokob­ulu, asked the Prime Min­is­ter if they could have a mini hy­dro that can be gen­er­ated from the wa­ter­fall just near the vil­lage. Mr Bain­i­marama praised the idea and said he would get the Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion depart­ment to look into it. Litia Tuin­uve who spoke on be­half of the women in the set­tle­ment, re­quested a poul­try farm for the women. Mr Bain­i­marama said he would do his best to see that they do get one but warned them that this would at­tract a mob of mon­goose.

Timely visit

Vil­lage head­man Drokob­ulu said the Prime Min­is­ter’s visit was a bless­ing. He said many in the vil­lage had never met Mr Bain­i­marama.

Be­fore he left the set­tle­ment, the Prime Min­is­ter vis­ited an 86-yearold woman, Ani Vaka (top pic­ture) . He went into her house and chat­ted with her. On his way to Suva he made an un­ex­pected stop-over at Tokaimalo Dis­trict School. He was re­spond­ing to the stu­dents call­ing him and shout­ing his name. There he made a short tour of the school and wit­nessed the dam­aged class­rooms caused by Cy­clone Win­ston. School teacher Vil­i­maina Veilawa said one class­room was com­pletely dam­aged and an­other had its roof blown off. The PM re­turned to Suva last night.

Photo: Vil­iame Va­ganalau

PIC­TURED: Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama with stu­dents of Tokaimalo Dis­trict School in Ra yes­ter­day. This was an un­ex­pected stop-over as the PM re­sponded to the stu­dents urg­ing him to meet them.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama in Ra yes­ter­day.

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