Draubuta road works nears completion

Villagers of Draubuta with FRA representatives and contractors at the new access road. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE 1.8km road construction in Draubuta in the North East of Sigatoka in the province of Nadroga/Navosa is nearing completion.

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Acting Chief Executive Officer Robert Sen in a statement issued today said the new access road will make a big difference to the villagers and will ensure that schools, health services and other facilities are within reach.

“There are still years of hard work ahead of us all and we are committed to improve and provide access to all Fijians,” Mr Sen said.

Meanwhile Draubuta village headman, Sireli Marua said school children of Draubuta village leave home every Sunday to a nearby village to attend school and return home every Friday afternoon after school.

“This is the struggle the villagers of Draubuta face daily due to lack of proper road access,” Mr Marua said.

“Children as young as six year-old have to stay away from their family to attend primary school, they do not complain because they want to study and become successful,” he said.

Mr Marua said life is challenging and the villagers do not have a choice but to undertake the arduous trek on a daily basis.

“This becomes more difficult during the rainy season as the trek becomes slippery and dangerous, especially for the women and children.

“For years the villagers of Draubuta have longed for proper roads and we are very excited that this dream is coming to fruition. We are grateful to the government and the FRA for keeping their promise and providing us a road.”

The 1.8km road project started in early February and is anticipated to be completed by October 2018, weather permitting.

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