Qiolevu Settlement connects to the grid

Minister for Employment Jone Usamate speaks to the members of the media in Nadi yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate. Picture: FT FILE

SOME 345 Fijians were all smiles today after the opening of the Qiolevu Settlement grid extension and house wiring project.

While officiating at the event, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Jone Usamate said the completion of the project was the end result of thoughtful planning, long-term thinking and a steady flow of investment from the Fijian Government.

“Government has shouldered the entire $565,000 cost of this development, sparing your community from any financial contribution, as we’ve done away with that old practice for the benefit of our people,” Mr Usamate said.

He said the positive impacts of this development would provide a step up in life and enable them to achieve greater things for their families and for Fiji.

“Being connected to the grid means that your economic prospects are brighter. For those of you who are livestock farmers; animals dying from cold; ordinary hard manual labour and theft after dark will be a thing of the past,” he added.

The Minister also stressed that access to power was an enormous advantage because it allowed them to become more productive and accomplish more on a daily basis.

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