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See for yourselves, says PM

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

PRIME Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama has called on the people of Vanua Levu to see for themselves what his government has delivered compared to claims by some aspiring politicians that nothing has been done so far in the North.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama was responding to claims made by some politicians that the government's Look North Policy was all talk.

"We're spending $228million to build an all-weather highway from Nabouwalu (the western gateway to Vanua Levu) to Dreketi and all the way to Labasa," he said.

"Thousands of ordinary Fijians in the North have benefited from government training programs, thousands have been given help to start their own ventures and businesses.

"Thousands have been given the opportunity to build new homes or have their cyclone damaged homes repaired.

"The sugar industry in the North is being expanded, land is being reclaimed for growing cane and we intend to crush one million tonnes of sugar cane a year in Labasa by 2020."

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said his government had opened up the North, cutting travelling times, making it easier to move people and goods and opened up economic opportunities that was longed by people of the North.

"Here in Taveuni, 20,000 coconut growers stand to benefit from our program to revitalise the copra industry, to replace senile trees with younger ones that have higher yields.

"It is genuine achievement, real progress to benefit every Fijian in the North and in the case of our export industries, the economic welfare of every person in the country and it has happened under my government, which doesn't make false promises but delivers."


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