State invests $170m on Macuata

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama being escorted to the opening of the Macuata Provincial Council meeting in Vunivutu Village, Labasa on Wednesday. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

Government has invested about $170 million in the province of Macuata since 2014 for development purposes, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

While opening the Macuata Provincial Council meeting in Vunivutu Village, Labasa on Wednesday, he said out of the $170m, the Government used $42m towards developing a resilient and reliable infrastructure that has connected people to towns and urban centres.

“It has helped children reach school, farmers reach markets and parents reach their workplaces,” he said.

“We invested over $7m in the Macuata Rural Water Scheme so that 66,250 households can now benefit from uninterrupted piped water supply.

“We have invested $55m in social pension schemes, poverty benefit schemes and disability schemes to support the most vulnerable residents of your province.”

The PM said the Government’s priority was also to provide electricity for all Fijians.

He said the State has invested $237.5m in electrification projects such as solar systems, grid extensions, house wiring and Energy Fiji Ltd services.

“Through such assistance, families can connect to dependable electrical supply and experience all the comforts of a modern household.

“In Macuata, we have invested $58m in grid extension projects to bring rural communities onto the national energy network.

“This work was never seen as a serious priority until my government made it a priority, so in total, we have completed 128 grid extension projects.”

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