CAPTION: Colonel Natuva switches on the electricity at Nakoroivau Tailevu.?
More than eighty homes in the villages of Nakoroivau and Namuka in the district of Bau (Tailevu) now have access to electricity thanks to Government?s drive to electrify rural and remote parts of Fiji.
Village Headman for Namuka village Solomoni Cati said fourty three house in his village now have electricity twenty four hours a day after the commissioning of their electrification project.
?The best thing about this development is that our children can now do their study at night better and longer unlike before when the village generator is usually off early at night,? he said.
While Commissioning the Nakoroivau/Namuka rural electrification project today, the Minister of Works and Energy Colonel Timoci Lesi Natuva said today?s development demonstrates Government?s intention of installing electricity to all rural parts of Fiji before 2015.
The Fiji Electricity Authority and the Department of Energy extended FEA grid to these two villages after receiving contributions from each village. The electrification project sees government and rural communities each providing a certain percentage on contributions towards making the project a reality.
?Last year we managed to install solar power to 2,000 homes in rural Fiji with each home contributing fifty dollars per house and Government contributed $2,950 per family,? Minister Natuva said.
?Government is commended for its generosity especially for lifting the standard of living of rural villages in Fiji. Government understands that we cannot do this on our own and on behalf of the people of Tai o Bau I must thank the Prime Minister and the Minsiter of Energy and all officials for making our dream a reality,? said the village headman or Turaga ni koro of Nakoroivau Mr Ikapote Baleivotua.