AFTER 24 YEARS, VANUATU VILLAGE GETS OFFICIAL VISIT

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By Eslyn Kaltongga

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Jan. 6) – Nawalala Chiefs in Big Bay village have requested major roadwork to be carried out to their village to help ease their transportation difficulties to town.

The request was made during the official visit of Vanuatu Youth and Sports Minister Arnold Prasad to Big Bay last week.

The Chiefs made the requests because a great majority of their people depend on income generated from market produce such as root crops.

Minister Prasad did not make any promises

"I will try my best to arrange with the Minister responsible," he said.

The two villages that Prasad visited were Malao and Nawalala. It took the delegation three hours to drive there.

A lot of questions were asked about politics in the national government. But the Minister opted not to talk more on the infighting between politicians and urged the villagers to leave politics to them.

An elderly chief in Nawalala village said the minister’s visit was the first the village has seen in 24 years.

"After so many years of voting, we have not seen any of the government Ministers come back to visit us," he said "We are proud today to witness the official visit of an MP from our constituency for the first time ever after 24 years of independence."

After receiving the requests, Prasad donated some materials to the villagers.

Prasad is the first MP from Big Bay to get appointment as a Minister.

January 6, 2005

Vanuatu Daily Post: http://www.vanuatudaily.com

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