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Power supply for villages

Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, January 27, 2013

STAYING in the dark will now be a thing of the past for villages of Nakoroivau and Namuka in Bau, Tailevu.

The Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Captain Timoci Natuva officially commissioned the Nakoroivau and Namuka rural electrification scheme in Tailevu yesterday.

Mr Natuva said people from the two villages would not have to rely on diesel generators to have power supplied to their homes as power was supplied directly to them now.

He said the total cost of the scheme was $282,836, with government contributing $265,324.

"The people of Namuka and Nakoroivau contributed $17,512 to the scheme," Mr Natuva said.

Director Energy Peceli Nakavulevu said the scheme was part of government's rural electrification projects whereby government assisted the people. Mr Nakavulevu said it mainly consisted of grid line extensions which stretched from Bau landing across the sea to the two villages.

"It also includes all house wiring for individual homes in the two villages," Mr Nakavulevu said.

"Government contributed 95 per cent to the project while the community contributed 5 per cent of the total contribution.

"Government is focused on providing 100 per cent electricity access to all Fijians by 2016."

He said the commissioning of the electrification project had been on hold since last year because of Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Nakoroivau villager Josese Tukainele said they had waited for some time for power to be supplied to their village.

Mr Tukainele said they were indeed grateful for the assistance given to them by government this year.