PM visits Maniyava, Nadarivatu
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Ra yesterday.