The Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou officially handed over a sporting ground to management and land owners of Namamanuca Primary School on the island of Malolo on Friday.
While handing over the standard sized sporting ground, Minister Tuitubou reiterated Governments commitment towards the realization of rural sports development.
“Today’s handing over of this sporting ground signifies government’s commitment to developing rural areas especially in the areas of sports development.”
“I know that this newly built ground will be of great use to all in these surrounding island communities and that it will be welcomed by everyone,” Hon. Tuitubou said.
He also praised members of the surrounding islands for turning out in numbers to welcome and receive the newly constructed sporting field.
“I am very glad to see the large numbers that have turned up today to come and witness this event as it tells us of your support,” said Minister Tuitubou.
“You have been requesting government’s assistance for the construction of a sporting ground for quite a long time and the reception we have received is indicative of your anticipation,” he added.
Minister Tuitubou also mentioned government’s inclusiveness stance towards development and the ministry’s reaching out to the very remote for sports development as in the construction of Malolo island sports field.
School management and land owners of Namamanuca Primary School were also urged to work together for the regular maintenance of their new sporting field.
Kolinio Siganisucu of neighbouring Tavua island thanked the ministry for its assistance on the sports ground as it was a long standing issue for islanders to participate in sporting activities.
“Today’s handing over ceremony by the Minister for Youth and Sports has brought a lot of smiles to our faces because we have been requesting for a ground to be built here on Malolo for a very long time,” said Mr Siganisucu.
“I for one witnessed the difficulties our elders faced in the attempt to build a sports ground for us the islanders of Mamanuca, especially Malolo and Tavua island but with today’s handing over it has brought a sigh of relief to all of us,” Mr Siganisucu added.
Mr Siganisucu also paid tribute to the ministry for remembering maritime communities such as theirs in its development plans.