More than 100 community members, including 45 students of Vakale and Korokadi in Lekutu, Bua will no longer have to worry about transportation access during adverse weather conditions following the completion of the upgrade and maintenance of their farm access road.
The Vakale/Korokadi Farm Access Road project was completed under the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management’s Community Access Road Footpath and Footbridge (CARFF) program.
The project was officially commissioned by the line Minister, Hon. Inia Seruiratu, on Wednesday. Korokadi Primary School teacher Mr. Josefa Vunivesi said the prayers of parents for many years had been answered with the commissioning of the new project.
“Many times students have not been able to attend school because of the state of this road in previous years,” Mr Vunivesi said. “Now children will have better transportation access to go to school and the elderly members of the Vakale community will also be able to go and access better health services.”
“Our prayers and the prayers of parents of our students have been answered with this new project and we thank Government for this.” Speaking during the commissioning of the project, Minister Seruiratu said the Government would continue to commit to the development aspirations of Vanua Levu and rural development as a whole.
He reiterated the Hon. Prime Minister’s words that Fijians in rural areas deserved the best of services similar to those enjoyed by Fijians in urban centres. “A road is the vehicle to every other door of development. You need good roads in order to access the market.
Minister Seruiratu further shared his hopes that the upgrade and use of the road would result in enriched livelihoods for community members. The project commissioned by Minister Seruiratu was one of the CARFF projects identified as a priority by the Northern Division in this financial year.
The Ministry was allocated $1.5 million in the 2019/2020 Budget for the implementation of CARFF (community access roads, footpath and footbridges) projects.
The CARFF Programme aims to improve socio-economic accessibility and mobility of an individual or a community of people who reside outside city and town boundaries. The CARFF programme is fully funded by the Government and also open to cash or in-kind contributions by project applicants.