More Fijians benefit from grid extension project

Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate. Picture: FT FILE

GOVERNMENT’S $93,000 investment in the Vunayawa grid extension project has resulted in electricity being provided to 90 individuals in 18 households, says Infrastructure Minister Jone Usamate.

He said that apart from completely funding the scheme, Government would also meet half of the electricity bills for households below the $30,000 per annum threshold.

He made the comment while commissioning the project at the settlement located in Sabeto in Nadi, yesterday.

“For Vunayawa settlement, the project’s entire cost of $93,000 was shouldered by your Government,” he said.

“Before, communities who wanted electricity needed to contribute 5-10 per cent of the project cost before Government would help.

“We’ve done away with that old practice for the benefit of our people and no community contribution is needed at all.

“On top of that, we’ll fund 50 per cent of monthly electricity bill for families who earn less than $30,000 for a year up to 10kW hours.

“Because it’s not enough to simply provide access to power, I believe we must provide power you can afford,” Mr Usamate added.

He also urged residents to register for the free shares available at Energy Fiji Ltd.

“EFL will provide 150 shares for non-subsidised accounts and 250 shares for subsidised accounts.”

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