TUI Nasaunivalu of Keiyasi in Navosa, Ratu Waisake Nasewe believes the installation of the Fiji Electricity Authority power supply in the highlands will lead to a reduction in marijuana cultivation.
Ratu Waisake said the people of Navosa welcomed the light of a new day with the successful power installation at the Navosa Central College.
"This is a new day to the people of Navosa," he said.
"We have been longing for this moment and we thank the government for answering our prayers.
"One of the main contributing factors of school drop-outs is the poor educational services.
"These drop-outs have resorted to marijuana to earn easy money. But with the installation of the consistent power supply it will change the mind-set of the students."
Ratu Waisake said the new development would also reduce the rural-urban drift.
"Most parents are now squatting in some urban areas mainly to make sure that their children receive quality education.
"I am optimistic this will stop the Navosa people from moving to urban centres because students can now access quality education and consistent power supply like other students in urban areas.
"Past politicians on many occasions promised to bring this development through their political campaigns but once they got into parliament they forgot us.
"We're therefore thankful to this government for its commitment in assisting the grassroots to be accessed to quality infrastructure services," he said.
"This is the starting of a new era in Navosa," said Ratu Waisake.
Apart from the school and the district office at Keiyasi, the Keiyasi Police Station, health centre and the primary school are still without consistent power supply.