Fiji: Rehabilitation programme a success

The rehabilitation programme in Cikobia has been hailed a success by the Manager Rural Housing, Mr Jovilisi Dau.

Mr Dau who is from the Ministry of Provincial Development highlighted that work on Cikobia began after Cyclone Daman destroyed houses, crops and vegetation which led Government to respond immediately to the plight of the people of Cikobia by sending teams to assess the extent of damages.

The team provided the people of Cikobia with food rations and tarpaulin since their homes were filled with sand and sea water.

"A total of 16 houses were built in the four villages with the materials and carpenters provided by Government.

"The success of the project is also attributed to the people of Cikobia who looked after our carpenters well, this shows that community participation in these types of projects is vital, Mr Dau said.

The carpenters spent approximately eight weeks to complete the sixteen houses.

However, he also urged people living in the rural areas to take advantage of some of Government's initiatives such as the Rural Housing Unit.

"The main objective of this Housing Unit is to upgrade the standard of living of our rural dwellers by providing safe and sound structures at affordable prices.

"The assistance will benefit the community as it is free of charge, and also assistance is brought right to the communities doorstep, Mr Dau said.

Cikobia Island also has a nursing station.