TWO villages in the highlands of Nadroga have welcomed the recent development of roads to their villages after years of neglect.
According to a government statement, the villages of Vunatovau and Nadromai, located nine kilometres from Sigatoka Town, now have access to commercial activities and schools following the development of the roads by New Zealand contractor Higgins Group. The request for improved road access over the years was finally answered when the Fiji Roads Authority completed the clearing of the roads to the village and built two slipways costing more than $20,000.
For Vunatovau Village headman Josefa Kidi, the new road will give the villagers improved access to health services and schools for women and children from the village.
"We are so grateful to the government not only for listening to our plea but acting on it straight away", he said. "For the past years we only tried but nothing happened, however, finally we can now boast of our new roads."
For fellow villager Amelia Bai, the new road will allow her to sell her produce at the Sigatoka market on a daily basis.
"We couldn't have asked for more. We can now sell our produce as we can take them down to Sigatoka every morning," she said.
"As a mother, I am more than happy because my children can go to school every morning in the neighbouring village school."
More than 30 students from the village attend classes at Nadromai Primary School which is two kilometres from Vunatovau.