Navosa- We cannot have two Fijis, one with easy access to education, electrical power, health care and modern conveniences, and another that has to struggle to enjoy the advantages of modern life.

This is why we have improved our road network, made education truly free, extended legal services and the internet to rural communities, shored up our rural health services, and extended electricity and water to as many rural communities as we can.Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama delivered these remarks while officiating as Chief Guest at the commissioning of the new hybrid solar power system in Nakoro Village, Navosa yesterday.

“The terrain and relative isolation of the village had made it prohibitively expensive to extend the national electrical grid to it but we are determined to meet our objective of ensuring that all Fijians have access to reliable electrical power by 2021, to have 100% renewable energy in Fiji by 2036 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” he said.

“We are also committed to ending the isolation of our maritime and rural communities and ensuring that they have the same advantages and services as people in the major urban centres.”

The solar power system, Prime Minister Bainimarama said is already supplying power to 200 people from 41 households, the village church and soon, a new health centre.

“It will generate power when the sun shines and store it for you with a special hybrid system for later use. This is the beginning of a new era in Nakoro—an era of greater convenience and greater prosperity.”

The Prime Minister also conveyed the Fijian Government’s sincere appreciation to the European Union for its assistance towards the project.

“I thank the European Union on behalf of every Fijian for the friendship and support we’ve received. I am sure the people of this village will offer their thanks to you directly,” he said.

“The women of Nakoro can run sewing machines and weave mats, they can all watch television, freeze and refrigerate food, use computers and run labour-saving appliances and machinery.

Having power available at all times will give you more control over time than you have ever had before.”

Village headman Jovili Tanadua thanked the Government and the EU for the project, adding they will greatly benefit from it.

“This Government has blessed us with so many development projects, some of which, we have yet to request. But because this Government cares for all Fijians, it brings development to us and for that, we are forever grateful,” he said.“

Thank you very much Prime Minister for this tremendous assistance.”

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