FIJI NEWS SUMMARY 11.30AM 09/01/13

CAPTION:?? Nadi Town Council special administrator Aisea Tuidraki showing the Nadi river drainage upgrading project to Minister for Local Government Samuela Saumatua. Photo: MINFO.

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1. WEST APPLAUDS DRAINAGE INITIATIVES – Nadi Town special administrator, Mr Aisea Tuidraki has applauded the government?s drainage project initiative in the jet set town, an exercise poised to build their resilience against floods.

 

2. ?CASH INJECT FOR NADI DRAINAGE PROJECT – A two hundred thousand dollars cheque was yesterday handed over to the Nadi Town Council by the Minister of Local Government to help in the upgrading of the Nadi Drainage project.

 

3. MINISTER WELCOMES NEW PS – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola together with staff members yesterday welcomed the newly appointed Permanent Secretary, Mr. Amena Yauvoli.

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1. CASH INJECT FOR NADI DRAINAGE PROJECT

 

A two hundred thousand dollars cheque was this week presented to the Nadi Town Council by the Minister of Local Government to assist in upgrading works for the Nadi Drainage Project.

 

Minister Local Government Samuela Saumatua in presenting the cheque highlighted government?s commitment towards the fruition of this project.

 

?We cannot afford to standby and wait and just talk about this. My ministry is people oriented and result driven organisation where all services and deliverance are targeted at improving and serving our nation and our multi ethnic communities,? Minister Saumatua said.

 

He said the action and assistance by his ministry is intended to address the drainage problem in Nadi which has significantly affected the town for years.

 

Nadi Town special administrator Mr Aisea Tuidraki received the funds on behalf of the council during the handover formalities which was attended by businessman and other stakeholders who came in support of this important project.

 

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2. WEST APPLAUDS DRAINAGE INITIATIVES

 

Nadi Town special administrator, Mr Aisea Tuidraki has applauded government?s commitment towards the Nadi drainage project initiative in the jet set town, an exercise poised to mitigate against future floods.

 

Whilst acknowledging the partnership between the government, Fiji Roads Authority and the people of Nadi in minimising the effects of flooding, Tuidraki said such efforts would go along way for future generation.

 

?This generation who are alive today, can tell our children that we have done something in terms of minimizing the effect of flooding in this township of Nadi,? Tuidraki said.

 

Mr Tuidraki commended the initiative while responding to the $200,000 cheque given to him by the Minister of Local Government Colonel Samuela Saumatua on Tuesday.

 

?We have managed to withstand some very serious disasters since 2009. And up to last year it just got bigger. We should stand together in partnership and in building up our town and our community and become a resilient community,? Mr Tuidraki said.

 

Minister Saumatua said apart from the work carried out in Nadi, his ministry will undertake more drainage works in other parts of Fiji to improve resilience against disasters like floods.

 

?We will soon be dredging the river that runs through Rakiraki Town and similar work will also be conducted in Lautoka and Ba. Later this year we will have to address the flooding in Labasa and in the other towns,? Col Saumatua said.

 

?Here in Nadi, the central Government has a big plan to divert the Nadi River to reduce the impact of flooding to Nadi Town and the surrounding area.?

 

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3. FOREIGN MINISTER WELCOMES NEW PS

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola together with staff members this week welcomed the Ministry?s newly appointed permanent secretary, Mr Amena Yauvoli.

 

Mr Yauvoli was presented with a traditional iTaukei ceremony of welcome and to a lunch prepared by staff members at the Ministry?s headquarters in Suva.

 

Mr Yauvoli who is a seasoned diplomat, officially started yesterday in his new office after finishing his term as the North Pacific Regional Office manager for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, based in Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

 

Mr Yauvoli previously served at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York and has previously held other senior government positions.

 

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