New grid extension for Navala Village

Erenia Siteri (right) with fellow villagers were thankful to the Government for the Navala Grid extension Project which brought electricity to their village in the interior of Ba. Picture: REINAL CHAND

ACCESS to electricity spans the difference between a dark and uncertain tomorrow and a bright, prosperous and promising future, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He highlighted this at the commissioning of a new grid extension project at Navala Village in the Ba highlands — an initiative which will benefit the lives of more than 600 people including Navala Catholic School and two churches.

“Access to reliable electricity is the difference between a roadside business shuttering its doors at sunset or remaining open to provide income for its owner,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“It is the difference between a student having to close his books for the evening, or being able to read and study into the night. It is the difference between a dangerous and unnerving walk in darkness, or a safe, and well-lit journey home.”

Mr Bainimarama said that many people’s reliance on diesel generators for many years had now come to an end and being on the grid brings an entirely new level of reliability, affordability and cleaner power that was much less harmful to the environment.

“Friends, there’s only one way that such historic funding towards our infrastructure and services is possible, and that is through our growing economy. When our economy grows, the national cake we all share grows with it and we all get a bigger slice.

“Under my leadership, our economy has charted a record nine unbroken years of economic growth, and we’re headed into our tenth straight year in 2019.”

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