Electricity at last for village
22 September, 2014, 12:00 am
NABAVATU villager Pauliasi Tabucala could not withhold his emotions as he commended the government for finally getting electricity to the village.
The 75-year-old said they were promised electricity in the past, but none of these promises had been fulfilled.
Mr Tabucala said his grandchildren could now stay up at night and study with efficient lighting.
In the past students strained their eyes studying by the light of hurricane lamps.
During an interview with this newspaper, he said the people of Nabavatu were gradually purchasing electrical appliances to make their daily life easier.
With their connection to the power grid, he said villagers now felt first- hand what development was all about.
Mr Tabucala said they were grateful to the government for including Nabavatu in its electrification program.
Meanwhile, Nabavatu Village headman Ponipate Vonuqaqa said villagers were also revelling in their new $17,000 footpath.
Mr Vonuqaqa said this project was commissioned last month and was made possible with a contribution of $5000 from government, $2000 from the Korean Ambassador to Fiji while $10,000 was collected by the villagers.
Mr Vonuqaqa said the footpath would assist villagers, particularly the elderly.