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Ten more homes were opened in the Nadi district as rehabilitation works continue in the western division after Cyclone Evan.

Villagers and individuals whose homes were fully destroyed by the cyclone thanked government in assisting in rebuilding their lives.

“We are grateful to government as we did not expect to be given our new home after the cyclone took our home away in December,” said Tagi Moala a resident of Nadi who stepped into her new home after the last one was destroyed during Hurricane Evan.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister as he has treated everyone equally. Before it was those in urban areas that used to get the first priority but this government has shown that everyone is equal and has treated us equally.”

The homes were handed over to its owners by the District Officer Nadi, Peni Koro in the different areas of Nadi including those living in Nagado at the foot of the sleeping giant mountain.

“It’s been almost a year since the cyclone hit us but government is thankful for your understanding and patience,” he told the home owners.

“There have been a lot of damages in the whole of the western division and not Nadi alone and we are happy that some of you will now be able to benefit through government rehabilitation.”

Another resident Iosefo Nasaro could not hold back his emotions as he was handed the keys for his new home.

“I do not have words to thank this government for what it has done for me and my family. After we lost our home, we stayed with other villagers as we had nowhere to go,” Mr Nasaro said.

“My two children now have a home their can call their and I must thank the Prime Minister and his ministers for their assistance.”


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Fijian Prime Minister Bainimarama Opens New Homes

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama Hands Over Homes to Families after Cyclone Evan

PM Bainimarama Grants 12 Families New Homes

Twelve families of Ba and Lautoka were handed keys to their new homes by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today.

The homes were constructed by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and private contractors that cost more than $130,000.

The owners of these homes had lost everything during Tropical Cyclone Evan last year and they are either casual workers or retired Fijians.

In handing over the homes, the Prime Minister reiterated government’s commitment towards assisting those individuals and families get their lives to normalcy.

“Government is happy to assist you, however, you must continue to work hard in helping your families,” PM Bainimarama said.

“These homes are a small assistance from government to help in rebuilding lives after your hardships after the cyclone.”

Whole communities, which gathered to witness the handing over, were grateful to the Government in moving the country forward.

“We thank you Mr Prime Minister for your leadership in steering Fiji towards prosperity,” one said.

“We hope that your government continues to unite Fijians and improve living standards of all Fijians.”

The executive director of the Group of 77 (G77), Mr Mourad Ahmia also witnessed the events in the Western Division today.

Tavua Families Thank Bainimarama Government for New Homes

Two families in Tavua today thanked the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and government after receiving the keys to their new homes.

Their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Evan in December last year and were rebuilt through government’s rehabilitation assistance programs.

Utam Singh and Sunil Kumar of Maqere, Tavua said they could not thank government enough for coming to their aid after losing their homes.

“I would like to thank Mr Bainimarama and government for building my home,” said Mr Kumar who resides with his wife and three children.

“I work as a labourer and I could not afford to rebuild my home after the cyclone as I don’t earn enough and I never thought government will help my family but I thank them for our new home.”

“I want this government to continue because they have done a lot for Fiji.”

Tavua’s Government District Officer Ravuama Nagatalevu said government was adamant that all those who were affected would have their lives restored to normalcy. He said that this included the need for ordinary Fijians to have access to basic housing after the hurricane.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama – Speech to Fijians at the Opening of Seniyaya Water Project

The Commissioner Western;

Special Administrator of Lautoka City;

Invited guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Thank you for extending an invitation to me to officiate in the opening of the Seniyaya Water Project.

The community began this project in 2010, when this was just an informal settlement. But with the iTaukei Land Trust Board now able to regularize their tenancy, the people here will soon have a proper subdivision.

A proper subdivision needs modern infrastructure, and of course, that means water first and foremost. So today we begin a new era in your community.  This new water source will give access to clean and safe drinking water, will raise your living standards and help you keep yourself and your children healthy.

My Government takes pride in keeping our promises. We deliver what we say we will deliver, and this water project is a good example. I wish I could take all the credit, but I am very pleased to share it with you, the community of Seniyaya.

You contributed more than two-thirds of the cost of this project. This shows the nation and the world what Fijians can do when they are determined.

You didn’t wait passively for the Government to assist you. You built an informal settlement and transformed it into a village community by through your sweat and ingenuity. And you invested your hard-earned dollars in your community—in each other. This is the spirit that will take Fiji forward.

A wise Government listens to its people and lets the people also show the way. That is what you have done here.

I want all the people of Fiji to have clean and safe drinking water no matter where they live. Indeed access to clean drinking will be a right of every Fijian as set out under the draft constitution.

I am also proud to say that after the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Evan in December 2012, the first three homes to be reconstructed in Fiji with the assistance from my Government were from this community. Right to housing is also a right under the draft constitution.

I am positive that the water project and the subdivision of your land will help make this a community where families will thrive for generations to come. The water is important, of course, but it is a first step. This community will thrive and grow because of you—because of the hard work, dedication, and care with which you are building Seniyaya every day. Pass that spirit to your children, and this community’s future will be secure.

Thank you for inviting me here to share with you this important moment.  Now, before we officially open the spigot, let me ask for your support. People show their love of country by exercising their rights participating in their country’s important events.

We have an important event going on right now, the adoption of a new constitution.

I urge you all to contribute your comments on the draft constitution. All Fijians have the right to help us chart our future. It is important that you read it, understand it, and share your point of view with the Government. This draft constitution is a new beginning. We will have many decisions to make in the future, many debates, many times when we agree or disagree as a people. But the draft constitution, which is modern, just and forward looking will give us our framework as we make those decisions.

And now, let’s all get a drink. I am very pleased to declare the Seniyaya Water Project open.

Thank you. Vinaka vakalevu.

PM Bainimarama Meets with Coastal Villagers

Villagers in the coast of  Wainigadru in the province of Cakaudrove thanked Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for his government’s reforms and for his own commitment to empowering the lives of ordinary Fijians.

The Prime Minister met with villagers yesterday after assessing rehabilitation works undertaken in the village following the destruction of most homes during Hurricane Evan. Soldiers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces  were deployed to the village to assist in the rehabilitation process including the construction of homes.

Wainigadru Village headman, Turaga Ni Koro Fasioko Bonefasiodreti commended the Prime Minister for the work undertaken by the RFMF to restore normalcy in their lives.

Yesterday’s visit to this isolated village follows the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Lovonidalo settlement in the Bua province this week. There, the head of government met with families who were severely affected, including those whose homes were completely destroyed.

The Prime Minister is continuing his tour of the Northern Division and is now in Rabi.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Bainimarama Opens Cyclone Rehab Homes – Wainigadru, Cakaudrove

Fijian Prime Minister Bainimarama Visits Hurricane Evan Rehab Houses