The footbridge was opened by the deputy secretary Development Cooperation and Facilitation Division …in the Office of the Prime Minister, Sakeasi Waikere. Waikere had identified the construction of the 12-metre foot crossing project during his visit to the community in July this year.
He says 7 households, including 22 students, will benefit from this project as crossing to and from the village has been made safer and convenient. Waikere says the project was a reflection of the Fijian Government’s commitment to ensuring all Fijians had access to quality infrastructure such as roads and bridges.
The Office of the Prime Minister provided $3,252 for the project under the Melanesian Vasu iTaukei Development Fund. The second handover was a new boat and engine to Salatieli Ratumainalutu of Wairua Settlement at Tamavuaiwai .
The boat and engine, valued at about $17,000, would be a means of transportation for Ratumainalutu during his daily fishing trip to support his extended family’s livelihood.
Ratumainalutu owned a boat and engine that was swept away during Tropical Cyclone Winston last year. The assistance was given under the Small Grants Scheme of the Office of the Prime Minister.