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Promise of changes for the division

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, April 25, 2014

THE refurbishment of the Labasa Airport, cheaper air fares to the Northern Division and improved water supply are just a few of the promises being made by National Federation Party candidate Parmod Chand.

While speaking at a campaign rally at Wainikoro in Labasa earlier this week, Mr Chand said the party was committed to improving the standard of living up North.

"I am one of the first candidates from the North and as someone who has lived here all his life, I think it's time we see more developments on Vanua Levu," he said.

"There is potential for the Labasa Airport and if in power, I will make sure the airport is upgraded to international standards and can cater for international flights like Nausori Airport at certain times of the week.

"This is something that I am going to fight for because my people on Vanua Levu struggle in commuting from Labasa to Suva or Labasa to Nadi.

"We have to spend more than $500 or $600 in return airfares which is just too expensive for people living here."

Mr Chand also explained other areas of concern that would be addressed if given a chance to be part of the new government.

"I am also very concerned with the water supply to certain areas in Labasa and Vanua Levu as a whole and this is something we will address."

He said another area of concern were the jetties on Vanua Levu.

"I know because I run a bus company and the condition of the roads and these jetties do so much damage to bus operators and other public service vehicle drivers.

"I am also concerned about the renewal of leases for people in the North.

"A lot of people are not getting their leases renewed. I will talk to all the relevant stakeholders to ensure that leases are renewed for the people of Vanua Levu, especially for our sugarcane farmers."

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