President’s Fainu visit the first in 28 years

President Mohamed Nasheed’s visit to Fainu in Raa Atoll was the first time a President has visited the island in 28 years, the President’s Office has claimed.

Speaking to the islanders as part of his campaign prior to the local council elections, Nasheed said it was important for leaders to experience first-hand the difficulties faced by islanders in their daily lives.

Larger islands such as Fainu had a role to play in the development of mid-market tourism in the country, Nasheed said, linking this to the development of the transport network.

The island’s harbour project had been contracted to a third party and was to be finished by the end of the year, he said.