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$260m development allocation

Salaseini Moceiwai
Friday, April 04, 2014

THE government has allocated about $260million for development purposes in Macuata Province within the past four years.

This includes the upgrading of the Dreketi-Nabouwalu highway at a cost of about $228m.

The revelation was made by Agriculture, Maritime and Rural Development Minister Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu while officiating at the government roadshow in Nadogo yesterday.

"Some of the current developments within the province include the electricity grid extension from Seaqaqa to Dreketi which cost around $14million, the crossing in Nabiti, and Nasigasiga and the grid extension to Mouta Village in Nadogo," he said.

He said the Prime Minister recently opened a telecentre at Nadogo Central College for schoolchildren and the community at large.

"In addition, regular upgrading of rural roads by the Fiji Roads Authority will continue and this should help ease travel and the transportation of products to urban centres."

Lt-Col Seruiratu said some of the roadworks in progress included the Lagi-Nukusere road.

"The roadworks cost the government about $400,000.

"Also, work is in progress for the Nabunisoqosoqo road and this cost $100,000.

"Government has an obligation and is committed to continuing with its development programs both within the urban and the rural communities."

The roadshow featured the sale of food and products and services displayed by various government ministries and stakeholders.

The show ends today.

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