Yesterday, the Prime Minister officially commissioned development projects on Koro Island, these included the new Nakodu Mudu Primary School, restored Nasau Police Post and newly-rebuilt staff quarters, Nasau Health Centre staff quarters, new Koro District Administration Office and the Koro Agriculture Office and staff quarters.
He said the occasion marked another phase in the rebirth of Koro after Tropical Cyclone Winston flattened nearly every structure on the island four and a half years ago.
“We are building back stronger and we are building back with the determination to be fully prepared for whatever nature may bring us and not just to prevail after the next storm, but to emerge from it stronger than ever,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
“Fijians are no strangers to hard times and adversity. We are strong people by nature and by necessity and I see that strength in the people of Koro. The infrastructure is now in place to ensure that these communities have the police protection, education, health services and agricultural extension services that they require and deserve.
We are more than reborn; we are thriving.” Nakodu Mudu Primary School was destroyed by TC Winston and since then, the 112 children who attend the school have had their lessons in Mudu village.
The Police Post and Health Centre sustained serious structural damage. Staff quarters at both places were destroyed as well as the Agricultural and District Offices.Prime Minister Bainimarama added that; “No matter what comes, the police must be able to provide protection, the nurses must be able to tend to the sick and hurt, and help care for the children.
The farms must continue to produce, so, it is up to the Government to make sure that we deliver the services that people need”.
“That means we need modern, well-built, permanent facilities and when we make an investment in a new and better district office, like this one, that investment comes with the expectation of a higher quality of services delivered to the public.”
The Prime Minister also handed over two new fiberglass boats with engines for the fishermen in the communities of Navaga and Namacu, and solar-powered freezers to allow them to store their fish.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister and his delegation are on a three-day tour of the Lomaiviti group to open new development projects and but more importantly meet with the community and listen to development issues from the people of Koro, Batiki and Gau.