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Desperate plea for electricity

Luke Rawalai And Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

RESIDENTS in cane farming areas of Seaqaqa and Dreketi feel they have been forgotten by government's electrification project.

Since the commissioning of this project in January this year, these farmers claim the distribution of electricity to their residential areas has not happened.

Canefarmers of Tikilo, Tadravula and Nasuva said they continued to use solar and generators even though the FEA substation sat nearby.

Tadravula farmer Jaswant Prasad said there was no point in establishing electricity from Seaqaqa to Dreketi when the area hardly had people living in its corridors.

Mr Prasad said there were more than 20 cane farming communities in the area along the road to Naividamu who were desperate for electricity.

He said they still had faith in the government to address their plea.

Isoa Lawavau of Mataqali Devo in Seaqaqa said they had been promised electricity in the past but nothing had transpired so far.

"The more they tell us not to worry, the more we worry," he said.

Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said work continued to progress in the area. He added government had paid its share to FEA for the project.

The project is a joint effort between the government and FEA.

Questions sent to FEA last week remained unanswered.

Meanwhile a statement from the department of rural electrification unit supervisor Frank Rokowaqa stated that the Seaqaqa to Naividamu electrification scheme (solar) application was with FEA.

"Once FEA has surveyed and released a quotation then we will process the scheme under the Rural Electrification project.

"We are waiting for the survey to be completed before we can carry out further works," he said.








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