Tui Wailevu de­pend­ing on de­layed con­struc­tion of Wailevu District of­fice to be­gin

Fiji Sun - - NORTH NEWS - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

The con­struc­tion work of the Wailevu District of­fice in Cakau­drove Prov­ince will be­gin soon.

It has been on hold since March due to the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Tui Wailevu Ratu Jovesa Balavu Maivalili had given his piece of land for this project, which is lo­cated near Wailevu Vil­lage.

He said only the clear­ing of land had been done.

“We took the ini­tia­tive to build our own of­fice,” Ratu Jovesa said. “The con­struc­tion of one build­ing will have a District Of­fice, Mini Health Cen­tre, and one Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice with a kinder­garten.”

He said the cost of this project would be around $30,000 to $70,000. “We want to pro­vide a cen­tralised ser­vice in one area for Wailevu District,” he said.

“This district has 28 Yavusa (tribes) and ap­prox­i­mately 6363 peo­ple.”

The project will ben­e­fit the peo­ple of Wailevu District in many ways such as ac­cess­ing in­for­ma­tion and Govern­ment ser­vices.

He could not con­firm when this project wiould be com­pleted as they planned to use their own nat­u­ral re­sources to help build this of­fice.

Mean­while, he has ad­vised each fam­ily to plant 500 yaqona as an in­come-gen­er­at­ing project.

“We can’t pre­dict what will hap­pen in the fu­ture as this pan­demic con­tin­ues,” he said.

“How­ever, we can pre­pare our­selves by us­ing up land for food se­cu­rity.”

The con­struc­tion of one build­ing will have a District Of­fice, Mini Health Cen­tre, and one Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice with a kinder­garten.

Ratu Jovesa Balavu Maivalili

Tui Wailevu

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Tui Wailevu Ratu Jovesa Maivalili in Wailevu Vil­lage, Cakau­drove Prov­ince on August 4, 2020.

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