THE condition of school buildings in the villages of Qarani and Lamiti in Gau has given rise to concern following a tour to the island by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama last week.
Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant Colonel Netani Rika said Commodore Bainimarama was most concerned about the poor state of schools on the island, sanitation issues and the condition of quarters for government workers.
Lt-Col Rika said the people of Gau were happy to receive the Prime Minister.
"There are a lot of waterways to be crossed before children reach school and the Prime Minister was concerned about children's safety when travelling to school every day," Lt-Col Rika said.
"Projects that were highlighted to the Prime Minister were the Qarani jetty, renovation work on the government station, water and sanitation projects and renovation work on schools," he said.
Lt-Col Rika said for Fiji to achieve sustainability, it would require partnership between government and the people.
"The government cannot do it alone, it needs to be supported by the people," he said.