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Electricity for 16 homes

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AFTER using kerosene lamps and candles for about 30 years, residents of Nasoni settlement in Labasa can now enjoy electricity in their homes.

This follows the electrification of 16 households by the government through the FEA early this year.

While the project has yet to be commissioned, the residents yesterday received power.

Settlement electricity committee spokeswoman Nirmala Sharma thanked the government for its assistance.

"We had requested electricity from past governments but nothing was done," she said.

"Now, we are able to receive electricity. Our children can now study under bright lights.

"We paid 5 per cent of the total cost and the government paid 95 per cent.

"For us, our good relationship with the Fairtrade Organisation has resulted in them paying for our share."

Mrs Sharma said they were also thankful to Fairtrade.

Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said the project was part of government's help for Fijians.