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Ministry commissions new boat, boosts services

Matilda Simmons
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

THE Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation recently commissioned a second boat to help extend its services to women and the elderly in the rural sector.

Speaking at the official commissioning of the MV Bua ni Toba at the Roya Suva Yacht Club, the Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the vessel would be available exclusively for the people of Bua.

"The MV Bua ni Toba has been provided by the ministry for the Department of Women and Social Welfare alike to improve our service delivery in this province," she said.

The minister added providing their service in the province proved a challenge at times with the province having a population of 14,000, 54 villages and a total area of 1379 square kilometres including five islands.

"The provision of the boat for our departments in Bua is basically an extension of our outreach program, in taking our services to the people where they cannot come to us, in particular those from the five islands of Navatu, Yaqaga, Galoa, Tavewa and Yadua," she said.

The ministry had earlier commissioned the Kadavu Eagle, their first boat last year.

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