Then there was light

Fred Wesley | Tuesday, December 12, 2017
THE news that about 300 people in various villages in Naitasiri will have a bright Christmas after the commissioning of electricity in their area yesterday is encouraging.
Fred Wesley
Fred Wesley

There may be questions about delay, but this will no doubt be offset by the switching on of electric power supply.

Speaking at the commissioning of electricity for the Drauleba, Naitauvoli, Naseveve, Wainabua and Nuku villages, Infrastructure Minister Parveen Kumar said this was part of the Government's vision to reach a modern and dynamic Fiji.

"No more benzene, no more kerosene. This electrification project has been completed at a cost of $455,000 and will provide a reliable source of electricity to 72 families with around 300 people of the two villages in this settlement," Mr Kumar said. "Out of the total cost of the project, your community had paid 5 per cent totaling $21,157."

The villagers, he said, could now take advantage of electricity which would reduce manual labour, enable students to study at night and make the streets safer.

Villagers no longer had to depend on diesel generators, he said, which meant they did not have to worry about the repair and maintenance of the generator.

He said it meant villagers would also be saving on purchasing diesel.

There are definitely a lot of things many of us take for granted.

We just have to press a button to have light in a room for instance. We are able to keep food longer in a refrigerator, we can reheat food in a microwave oven, bake scones and buns in an electric oven, wash our clothes in a washing machine, and when the weather is wet, dry our clothes in a dryer. We are able to iron our clothes, switch on an electric fan when we feel hot, or an airconditioned unit, and when we want entertainment, we just have to switch on the television or listen to the radio.

All these things require power.

For thousands of people, this is something we take for granted.

Electrification projects are important for Fijians.

They allow us to improve our lives, and subsequently aid in the development of our communities and nation.

They are important for our children.

They lay the foundation for an improved future.

They allow us to live our dreams and give us access to information via the internet.

They enable us to be part of the global audience, lifting our general knowledge and awareness on many issues that are relevant to us.

Electricity is supposed to make our lives different.

The challenge though is for us to live within our means, embrace change and appreciate the power of change.

It certainly is a going to be a very bright Christmas for the 300 families.

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