$30k sanitation facilities for island

Yaro villagers on Kia Island , Macuata celebrate with Charan Jeath Singh (fourth from left) the opening of sanitation facilities projects. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

TOURIST visitation to the island of Kia has been boosted with the addition of sanitation facilities in three villages.

The facilities, worth $30,000, include three projects in the villages of Daku, Ligau and Yaro.

Labasa businessman Charan Jeath Singh fully funded the three projects after requests from the villages last year.

Despite his loss in the 2019 General Election, being a candidate for the National Federation Party, Mr Singh said he would keep his promise to help the rural communities.

“I visited Kia Island last year and they asked for the projects that we have opened today (Thursday) and for me, it’s about keeping to your word and fulfilling your promise,” he said.

“I will continue to help like I have done with other communities in Bua and Udu Point area.”

Mr Singh said the assistance was part of their giving back to the community initiative under the Gurbachan Singh Group of Companies, which he heads.

Yaro Village headman Kemueli Naisaramaki described the gift as a timely assistance.

“We have tourists visiting our village every month and this new facility will cater for the visit as our visitors will have proper restrooms to use,” he said.

Ligau Village headman Orisi Vukicanavanua said the assistance had been a need.

“We needed to build our sanitation facilities to host for village functions and visitors but the limited income opportunities delayed our plans.

“So when Mr Singh offered to assist after we asked him, we didn’t hesitate because it will be useful and we thank him and his company,” Mr Vukicanavanua said.

Daku Village headman Patemo Caukuro acknowledged the assistance, saying it was timely.

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