Villagers of Nayarabale in the district of Vaturova, Cakaudrove now have access to better services following the commissioning of their $2.7 million bridge today.
The Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka commissioned the project and highlighted that even though the bridge is a small one, it’s a big step in the development of Cakaudrove.
Over the years, the villagers have had to cross flooded waters to access basic health and transportation services, and even encountered difficulties accessing markets to sell their farm produces, among other issues.
But now, the bridge has made life easier for the villagers.
Prime Minister Rabuka, while addressing the villagers, acknowledged the previous government and its planners for facilitating the construction of the bridge.
“Today, we have come to open the bridge that links one side of the stream to the other. From the various accounts given during the presentation highlighted that lives were lost as some tried to cross the stream at the height of a flood,” he said.
“For this, we thank the previous government and its planners for their vision in building this bridge.
“Thank you for your perseverance and your confidence in the past government as well as the present government, we can only pray that God will give us the courage and strength to deliver what the people have voted us into office for.”
Prime Minister Rabuka said more roads and bridges will soon be opened.
The bridge is expected to open up more developments in the village.
The villagers all shared similar sentiments, thanking the previous government for the project, and also the people’s coalition government for its vision and strong leadership.