Office opening a blessing for many

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in a light mood after unveiling the Legal Aid Commission office plaque in Nabouwalu yesterday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

VILLAGERS in Nabouwalu can now register deaths, births and marriages in the newly opened registry office.

The opening of the new office by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was viewed as a blessing by many.

Nabouwalu resident Talica Tunitoga described the event as a convenient exercise.

Ms Tunitoga said in the past it was hectic for people trying to register these events with the registry.

She said this was why most people within the province were not registered.

Ulaiasi Sadria of Daria Village in Wainunu said people did not have an excuse now not to register these special events.

Mr Sadria said years of long wait to get family members registered in Labasa would now be over as people could access the service in Nabouwalu at the Naulumatua House within the shopping centre area.

Opening the new Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) Office, Mr Bainimarama said people in Nabouwalu no longer needed to make a long and arduous journey to access these basic registry services.

“Instead, you have modern a new office space here in Nabouwalu, with the full slate of services offered in any of our major population centres,” he said.

“This is only the beginning of my government’s work to make BDM services more available for Fijians throughout the country, as we are currently in the midst of very exciting work with a Singaporean government agency to move BDM registry services in Fiji into the 21st century.

“Our work is ongoing, but we certainly have some big announcements to make down the track.

“As of today, Fijians in Nabouwalu and its surrounding communities have become a part of our national development and national life like never before.”