Even though they are not part of Fiji’s main power extension grid, villagers of Koroivonu in Cakaudrove had a reason to celebrate today following the commissioning of their solar electrification project.
Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka commissioned the project where he highlighted government’s plans to push developments forward to reach every Fijian.
He emphasised the need for the villagers to collaborate and work with government so that developments could progress as expected.
One of the major challenges government faced, Prime Minister added was “the lack of support and consent from resource owners”.
In some cases, he said developments were usually affected as resource owners refused to allow for any government project to cross their land.
He told the villagers that government aims to collaborate and listen more to its people for the purpose of moving Fiji forward.
He also encouraged the villagers to work with tikina and provincial representatives so that issues reach relevant authorities for further facilitation.
Prime Minister Rabuka commended the villagers for enduring the “dark days”, at the same time, thanked them for their patience and perseverance which saw the installation of new solar lights in their homes.
The head of government also assured them that they would look into their requests for better infrastructure, awareness programmes on government services and agricultural assistance, to name just a few.
About 75 households are expected to benefit from this much-awaited project.
Village headman Mr Sirilo Vukica expressed their appreciation and assured the Prime Minister that they “will work with the coalition Government.”
The solar project will cater for the charging of mobile phones and laptops, and also the use of appliances such as TV, small radio and table fan.
About 850 solar home systems have so far been installed in the northern division under this project.
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