His Excellency Mr. Yukio Numata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga handed over the upgraded water supply system during a handover ceremony held from 15:00 at the Nukuleka Community Hall. Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa, People’s Representative into Parliament for Tongatapu Constituency #10 and also Minister for Police Prison and Fire Service, and Minister for Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation and Labor attended the ceremony along with Dr. Kilisitina Puleiku, Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Mr. Leka, Nukuleka’s Village Chief and the people of Nukuleka.
In his keynote address, His Excellency Mr. Yukio Numata, congratulated the completion of the Project and highlighted the need to properly manage freshwater resources for the quality of live. He stated that the Japanese government puts high importance on aiding the water supply systems of managed by the Tongan village communities.
Nukuleka village’s main pipe system had been upgraded through a previous GGP project in 2006 and His Excellency Mr. Numata was pleased that Japan was able to assist Nukuleka again, after their water tank facility was destroyed by a tornado in 2015.
Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa thanked the people and the Government of Japan for the generous assistance and assured that the people of Nukuleka would now enjoy good sanitation and good quality of life. The Nukuleka Village Water Committee sought for Japan’s assistance prioritizing efficient access and sufficient distribution of water to over 250 population living in village. (kindly refer to attached Project Factsheet for detail of assistance.)
Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects was introduced in 1989 to response to various development needs in developing countries. The assistance epitomize Japan’s commitment to support efforts by the People and the Government of Tonga to achieve its National Strategic Planning Framework, and also hope to strengthen the warm and close relations between the people and the Government of Japan and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga.
H.E Mr. Yukio Numata with Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu’I’onetoa, Dr. Kilisitina Puleiku and Nukuleka Village Water Committee at the handover ceremony of the Upgraded Water Supply System for Nukuleka Village funded under Japan’s GGP. 20 December 2016
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