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300 need bus service

Maciu Malo
Thursday, February 07, 2013

ABOUT 300 Koroboya villagers in the highlands of Ba have expressed the need for proper bus services.

Village headman Manasa Kubu said the area had not been serviced by buses for about three years and the financial burden of paying for trucks had adversely affected people living in the area.

He said in 2010, bus services ceased because of poor road conditions.

"We are in fact grateful that the government carried out some repairs to the road but unfortunately, it hasn't solved the problems faced by the villagers," Mr Kubu said.

"There is no bus service coming to our village, in fact we are serviced by three-tonne vehicles.

"The vehicles cannot come up to the village during heavy rain and students are dropped off two kilometres away from the village.

"This is not only inconvenient and discouraging for students but it is also costly for us to hire these big trucks."

Provincial administrator Ba Nacanieli Lomani said repair works to the road leading to Koroboya had just entered the second phase.

"This should be completed by the end of the month," Mr Lomani said.

"We are serving that area with the trucks because we are assessing whether it is viable and practical for buses to service the area, whether the service is being used by enough people," he said.