New foot crossing for Qoma

Minister for Rural and Maritime Development Inia Seruiratu poses for a photo with officials and villagers of Qoma during the opening of their new foot crossing in Tailevu. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

THE island community of Qoma off the northern coasts of Tailevu will now enjoy safer community access with their new foot crossing.

The structure was opened yesterday afternoon by the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development Inia Seruiratu which was implemented by the Office of the Divisional Commissioner Central at a cost of $49,000.

With a population of more than 150 people, the people of Qoma dwell on two separate islands that are separated by 80 meters of seawater – Qoma Island and ‘Taikadua’.

The new foot crossing now directly connects the two sister islands.

Speaking in iTaukei to community members, Mr Seruiratu reiterated Government’s commitment in ensuring that adults and children alike had safe access and mobility around their dwelling places.

“The construction of the foot crossing exemplifies Government’s principle of public-private partnership.”

“Development is a work of partnership – partnership between the government and its people together with religion”, the Minister said.

The foot crossing is funded of the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development’s Community Access Roads, Footpaths, and Foot Bridges (CARFF) Program.

The CARFF program is focused on lifting socio-economic standards by improving access within communities.

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