A road that leads home

Villagers of Nawaisomo in a happy mood at the new road under construction to their village in Naitasiri . Picture: SIKELI QOUNADOVU

THE road to Nawaisomo Village in the district of Nagonenicolo in Naitasiri has been described by the many villagers who have had to wait for decades as a “relief”.

No more do they have to carry the sick on bamboo rafts or punts to the nearest health centre in Nakorosule — a journey which at times can take more than two hours.

For the women and their children attending health clinics, the new road will mean a 10-minute bumpy ride to Nakorosule — avoiding the risk of travelling down the Waicakena River.

“This is a huge relief and we are just so happy,” said grandmother Selita Roko.

“Work has been very slow. It should have been completed by now, but we are grateful that finally the road has reached our village.”

“The struggles of carrying our housing supplies and crossing the river will now be over,” said Nawaisomo chief, the Vunivalu, Ratu Waisea Drakusiwale.

In August 2015, The Fiji Times took its first trip up to Nakida, followed by a second trip in October the same year.

Both trips included a final stopover at Nawaisomo.

The two trips to Nakida included a five-hour trek from Nabulini, Wainibuka in Tailevu to get to the village, and a six-hour bamboo raft ride from Nakida to Nawaisomo.

After a third trip in August 2017, the Fiji Roads Authority promised the road to Nawaisomo would be completed in 2019.

The next phase of the project will now include the road to Nakida which is expected to be done once work on the road to Nawaisomo is completed.

Nawaisomo, which is the closest village of the district of Nagonenicolo to the main centres, is about a four-hour drive from Suva through Vunidawa to Nakorosule and further up, passing Waibalavu Village.

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