PARENTS of a village in Macuata have not waited for the government to fix a bridge in Labasa but have taken the responsibility to build a temporary crossing.
The parents of Nakama Village took the initiative after reports surfaced about their children hanging around town after school and failing to board the bus back home.
Village headwoman Sera Drecala said the bridge was left unattended for about three months.
"Now that the bridge is down again, our students are taking the longer route to town then to Waiqele secondary and primary school when they can just cross the bridge and get to school within five minutes.
Mrs Drecala said parents contributed financially towards the temporary crossing.
"This has become a worry for most of us, so we decided in our village meeting to make a temporary crossing for our children."
Provincial administrator Macuata Joseva Rokonai said the Nakama bridge was in their plans and they were working with FRA to repair the bridge.