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Township celebrates

Shayal Devi
Saturday, April 12, 2014

BA has come a long way from humble beginnings in 1939 when it was proclaimed a township by the then colonial government.

And its achievements were the result of Fijians who worked tirelessly to establish a town overlooked by governments, says special administrator Praveen Bala.

Speaking at the launch of the town's 75th anniversary celebrations, he said many prominent businesses in the country started in Ba.

"We commend these pioneers for their contributions to Ba," he said.

Prime Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama, who was chief guest at the event, said despite facing major setbacks such as flooding, Ba's "never say die" spirit allowed its people to bounce back each time.

"Certainly for a relatively small place, Ba has always had a big influence on our nation's affairs, whether it's as the soccer kings of Fiji or the dozens of sons and daughters of Ba who occupy leadership roles at every level across Fiji," he said.

"Of course, many of the biggest commercial houses in Fiji have also sprung from humble origins in Ba. All of them are job creators, wealth creators, investors and vital contributors to our economy and the prosperity of our nation.

"So today is a day for honouring Ba's past and to look back with pride on 75 years of civic progress."

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