Road to Nasauvakarua

This is the access route at Nasauvakarua village when trying to get to the nearest dirt road. Picture: SIKELI QOUNADOVU

THE Fiji Roads Authority confirms there are plans to construct a road from Namosi to Nasauvakarua Village.

In a statement, the FRA stated it was “undertaking the route reconnaissance task and construction is planned for the future year”.

The statement added the construction period was estimated to be eight months as there was a need for a crossing at Namoli Village in Navosa.

Located about 70 kilometres north-west of the capital, Nasauvakarua Village is situated around the centre of mainland Viti Levu.

Originally, they were under the leadership of the Tui Navatusila, but the colonial government in its effort to weaken his army, because of their rebelliousness and also for administration purpose, registered the village to the Nadroga/Navosa Province.

Nasauvakarua is closer to Nubutautau, Ba than to any other village in the upper Navosa region.

For villagers access to the nearest dirt road is about an hour’s trek with a steep treacherous climb and crossing the Sigatoka river several times.

It takes about a four hour bumpy ride to get to Nadi, Ba or Sigatoka town depending on your choice of destination.

On foot Nasauvakarua Village is about four hours trek from Matokana Village in the highlands of Navosa, three hours from Naraiyawa Village in Namosi and four hours from Nasauvere in the upper reaches of the Wainimala river in Naitasiri.

The news by FRA puts a smile on one woman in particular because finally she and other women of Nasauvakarua Village will not have to endure the same experience some of them have now been accustomed to.

Salote Saqakutu, 53, originally from Savatu in Nadarivatu has been living in Nasauvakaua ever since being married 35 years ago and shares some of the struggles she has had to endure.

“In 1995, I miscalculated my delivery date and because the nearest health facility was about two hours away, I delivered my baby by the roadside. I still have not forgotten that day.

“When going for clinics this is the route we have to take, when carrying the sick, taking our children to school or taking our produce this is also the route we have to take. “Some of us today still give birth in the village and a road to the village will greatly help us.”

While visiting the village last month, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama assured them that the road will be constructed and Government would step in to provide building material for the construction of a fully-equipped dispensary for the village nurse to provide proper health care treatment.

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