We are ready to as­sist: Reddy

Fiji Sun - - Nation - AQELA SUSU Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­hen­dra Reddy yes­ter­day as­sured the In­done­sian De­fence Force that Fiji was ready to as­sist them in the re­build­ing works to Queen Vic­to­ria School in Tailevu. He made this com­ment while vis­it­ing the In­done­sian De­fence Force fol­low­ing a meet­ing with them at the school yes­ter­day. “I want to as­sure your team of our con­tin­u­ous sup­port. When­ever you need any as­sis­tance we are ready to help,” Mr Reddy said. The IDF is also work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Re­pub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces (RFMF). This, he said would speed up work. There are cur­rently 30 In­done­sian De­fence Force per­son­nel car­ry­ing out re­build­ing work at QVS. An ad­di­tional 70 per­son­nel will ar­rive early next month. They would also ar­rive with the building ma­te­ri­als.

First Sec­re­tary at the In­done­sian Em­bassy in Fiji, Am­bro­sious Thomas con­firmed that they would be get­ting 70 per cent of the building equip­ment from In­done­sia, while the re­main­ing 30 per cent would be bought here in Fiji. “Dur­ing an as­sess­ment we found that some of the ma­te­ri­als here are al­ready fit for the stan­dard of the build­ings that we will be re­build­ing here,” Mr Thomas said. He also told Mr Reddy that they would be de­mol­ish­ing some build­ings at the school. He how­ever, did not dis­close which ones would be de­mol­ished. “One of the things that will re­ally make a huge dif­fer­ence is to con­struct a mul­ti­pur­pose hall and have it named af­ter the In­done­sian govern­ment,” he said.

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