FIVE new telecentres will be opened by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama during his visit to Vanua Levu which begins today.
An Information Ministry statement issued yesterday said 10 telecentres were already operating in various parts of the country, providing ordinary Fijians with access to the internet and a range of other telecommunications services.
It said the number of people using telecentres increased to about 31,000, according to the latest figures, and that number is set to escalate with the five new centres.
The first will be opened by Commodore Bainimarama at the Seaqaqa Secondary School in the sugar belt outside Labasa today.
Other telecentres will be launched on Tuesday at the Nadogo Secondary School followed by one at the Shri Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Labasa Muslim College on Wednesday and the final one in Savusavu Secondary School.
Commodore Bainimarama's party will also distribute copies of the 2013 Constitution.
The PM will be accompanied by Attorney-General and Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
The A-G described the five telecentres as an important part of the government's overall plan to accelerate development in the North.
"Our Look North program is one of the government's main priorities and that includes empowering ordinary Fijians by giving them access to the same telecommunications services enjoyed by those living in Viti Levu," he said.