The timely assistance by the Fijian Government, the Australian Defence Force and the RFMF engineers in rebuilding schools and providing temporary learning facilities for students affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa in Vanua Levu has been widely commended by the members of the community and school managements in the area.
Today, the Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama visited Korokadi Primary School, Valelawa Primary School, Uluivalili College, Lekutu District School, Ratu Luke Memorial School and also the Kubulau Government Station in Bua and was updated on the progress of rehabilitation works carried out in these affected areas.
The Head Teacher of Korokadi Primary School Mr Sanjay Kumar said words cannot explain how grateful they are to the Government, ADF and RFMF engineers for their timely assistance in their great time of need.
“Our school was severely damaged and also our teachers’ quarters but today, we have been blessed. Our classrooms have been fixed and the school will be ready to open its doors come next week,” Mr Kumar said.
“The community members here watched this rehabilitation process with tears in their eyes and this shows how grateful we are. We are so fortunate to have been assisted and all we can say is thank you very much for the tremendous assistance.”
The Head Teacher for Valelawa Primary School Mr Abinesh Prasad also shared similar sentiments, adding the assistance rendered to them will indeed ensure that their students start the new school year on a “positive note”.
Also today, the Prime Minister handed over building materials to the villagers of Votua in Lekutu to assist them with rebuilding their damaged homes. Through the Fiji Pine Group, a total of $1.5 million has been allocated towards housing rehabilitation for the pine landowners of Votua Village.
Following extensive damage assessments carried out jointly by the Fiji Pine Group and Government officials, the Pine Group is delivering the first batch of building materials for six Mataqalis valued at $120,000.
The Prime Minister concluded the day with a visit to the Women Friendly Space setup at Nakorovatu Health Centre.