New footbridge for villagers

H.E. Mr. Masahiro Omura, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Fiji, joins Visama villagers at their new village crossing in Tailevu. Picture: SUPPLIED

VILLAGERS of Visama in Tailevu won’t risk their safety any more using coconut trunks as a footbridge.

The Japanese government handed over a new bridge to the village last Thursday. Japanese ambassador to Fiji Masahiro Omura said the use of makeshift bridges would now be a thing of the past.

“I am delighted that the project will provide Visama villagers and nearby communities greater safety and security,” he said.

“While the project primarily focuses on the safety and security of daily commuters, it is not hard to miss the fact that it also supports the people of Visama in other sectors such as education, health and agriculture.”

Mr Omura said the project that cost $175,870 promoted a multidimensional approach of social inclusion and empowerment.

“I encourage you to make full use of these new opportunities, while at the same time, look after your new footbridge and hope that it will continue to serve you in many years to come.”

He added harmonisation of Fiji’s national development objectives and Japan’s policy direction in promoting resilience and sustainable development was key to development co-operation in Fiji.

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