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HON PM BAINIMARAMA REMARKS AT THE OPENING OF THE JIOMA FOOTCROSSING

1/25/2017
Jioma,
KADAVU


Bula vinaka and a very good afternoon to you all.

I’m delighted to be here with you all to dedicate the Jioma foot crossing. But beyond this dedication, I am here to make it clear that every person, every community, in Fiji is important. Though this is only a small project for your community, when we add one small project in one small community to other small projects in other communities, we strengthen our nation.
This foot crossing will allow people from this village to travel easily to the local school and to the neighbouring villages of Vukavu and Soso. The people here have been without a foot crossing for a long time, after the previous one was washed away in a storm. But today, we are here with your new foot crossing.

Ensuring public health and safety is one of the main reasons governments exist. And it means a great deal to me personally that we have now made it possible for the children of this community to walk to school safely and quickly. It means a great deal to me that you have a secure path to medical care and the other services at the main service centre in Soso.

It means a great deal to me that you will find it easier once again to participate in gatherings and ceremonies at the seat of the Naceva district chief. It means so much to me because I know that if Government does not take seriously the health and security of the people in the small villages and remote areas, it has not done its job. If it does not take care to ensure that people in areas like Jioma and Vukavu and Soso can gather and trade and take care of basic needs, it has failed them and the nation. We cannot fix all problems immediately, but we must commit to fix them all in their turn.

You live far from the television cameras, so your hardships may not be as visible to the rest of the nation as the hardships of people in the cities. But they are just as real, and Government must ease those hardships when it can. So we are here.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I know that for many people, this may be just one of many projects the Government undertakes each year. But to me, it is important, and that is why I am here. We build the fabric of our nation thread by thread, stitch by stitch. Every village counts. Every citizen counts. And Government must do what it can to make all lives better. So if you tell me that your lives are better because we have rebuilt this foot crossing, then that will be my reward as your Prime Minister.

And so, I am proud to declare this Jioma foot crossing open and ready to serve the people of Jioma, Vukavu and Soso.

Vinaka vakalevu.
 
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