Yesterday was a special day for Koro as Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned $7million worth of community projects that effectively saw the rebirth of the local island economy, four and a half years later following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston.“
Today marks another phase in the rebirth of Koro Island, four and a half years after Tropical Cyclone Winston flattened nearly every structure on the island and laid waste to most of what the people of Koro had built through years of hard work,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
“It takes a long time to rebuild when you build back better, and build back better we have. We are building back stronger. 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.”
The projects include the new Nakodu Mudu Primary School;The repaired Nasau Police Post and newly rebuilt staff quarters; The staff quarters for the Nasau Health Centre;
The new Koro District Administration Office;And the Koro Agriculture Office and staff quarters. PM Bainimarama said 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.
“I have come to Koro today not just to commission new buildings and to officially hand over new boats and freezers to this community,” he said. “Fijians are no strangers to hard times and adversity. We are strong people by nature and by necessity. I see that strength in the people of Koro. Despite the brutal impacts of Cyclone Winston, you are still here. Winston did not destroy Koro and it did not destroy Fiji; it made us stronger, and smarter, and even more resilient than ever.” “
And so today we dedicate the new buildings and the reconstruction that are the physical representations of this rebirth and the invincible spirit of the Fijian people and the people of Koro.”
Headteacher of Nakodu Mudu primary, Tomasi Mawi was grateful to the Prime Minister and his Government for rebuilding this school.