PM commissions $91k water project

Women of Wailotua Village enjoy their new water project after it was commissioned by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Tailevu today. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A WATER project, which cost Government about $91,000, was commissioned earlier today in Wailotua Village, Tailevu ensuring access to clean and steady flow of water  for its people.

The project was a “promise” made to the people of Wailotua by Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama earlier this year during a visit to the province.

Mr Bainimarama said the project was made possible through Government’s Small Grant Scheme which funds and assists administered by the Office of the Prime Minister.
Commissioning the project, Mr Bainimarama said the once-unreliable water supply to Wailotua Village would now be a thing of the past.

“I know that this project is no different, and that the over $91,000 spent by Government to make it possible was money well-spent,” he said.

“A new dam intake, new 45,000-litre storage reservoir, and new pipes will all come together to ensure a clean and steady flow of water to the people of your community, making for a healthier and happier future for you and your families.”

Mr Bainimarama said since all requests for assistance under the scheme ran directly through his office, he felt “personally invested” in their success.

“It brings me great joy to watch them quickly progress from an idea, to a promise, to a reality that improves the lives of our people,” he said.

“The Small Grants Scheme was designed exactly for this purpose–– to fill the needs of our citizens, as requested directly by you.

“Because while my Government has marked many milestones and achieved historic accomplishments, the lives of the Fijian people aren’t improved by watching from the sidelines, or even by creating new laws in Parliament.

“If our elected officials don’t take the time to hear out the concerns of ordinary Fijians, they lose touch with the reality of the needs of our people.”

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