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Bainimarama to address development concerns in four islands

By Losalini Rasoqosoqo SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Aug. 9, 2011) – Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will visit four islands in the Lomaiviti Group in Fiji next week.

[PIR editor’s note: The Lomaiviti Group of islands sits just off the eastern coast of Viti Levu in Fiji. The island group is made up of 9 main islands as well as a number of smaller isles and covers a total area of 411 square kilometers.]

This will be a great opportunity for the people living in Nairai, Koro, Makogai and Wakaya to raise their development concerns.

Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni yesterday confirmed that Commodore Bainimarama would visit the four islands.

This will be the Prime Minister’s second visit to Nairai after visiting the island in April last year along with Gau, Batiki, and Moturiki.

"Government projects and sites that he will be visiting are yet to be confirmed. It is expected to be finalized this afternoon or tomorrow (today)," Lieutenant-Colonel Leweni said.

Commodore Bainimarama will be accompanied by officials from various Government departments and ministries.

They will also be there to gauge the performance of civil servants based on the islands as well as to learn what needed to be done to address the needs of the people.

The visit is scheduled for August 15-18.

Meanwhile, it is not known at this stage which government vessel will transport the delegation.

Government vessel MV Iloilovatu is yet to be approved by the Fiji Islands Maritime Safety Authority (FIMSA) after she was directed to go on the slipway for maintenance.

The vessel ran aground in Oneata on her way to transport members of the Lau Provincial Council for last month’s meeting.

The MV Dausoko is scheduled to return the Lau Provincial Council delegates next week.


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