Over the past five years, the Fijian Government has pumped in $224 million towards the energy sector that has directly resulted in ordinary Fijians enjoying a better life.
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Hon. Jone Usamate while commissioning the Grid Extension Project in Seaqaqa today says more than 25,000 Fijian households have felt the benefits of that development.
“But we’re not resting on our laurels, in our most recent budget we’ve set aside an additional $60 million dollars to add another 6,623 households to that number,” Minister Usamate said.
“This power grid extension would benefit 118 households with a population of 600 people and a total investment of $3.4million”, Usamate added.
He said these Fijians were now embarking on a new journey, one that would propel the lives of their people, for generations, towards higher standard of living.
Usamate reiterated that the Government through its Look North Policy will continue to put in place proper, sustainable and dynamic infrastructure.
“Government has also invested an additional $2.1 million for the extension of the grid to Navai stage 2,” Usamate said.
“Other major grid extension projects taking place in the Seaqaqa area include Solove Stage 1 at a cost of $3.3 million, with 106 households, and Lagalaga settlement at a cost of $4.45 million with 264 households.”
“The complexion of this extension is the end result of attentive planning, strategic thinking and a steady flow of investment from this Government,” Usamate said.