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Bad Roads Will be Fixed, Bala Assures Parliament

Bad Roads Will be Fixed, Bala Assures Parliament
Minister for Local Government, Housing, Transport and Environment Parveen Bala outside Parliament yesterday with residents of Naqelasio settlement. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
March 21
11:00 2017

Bad roads highlighted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will be fixed soon, assures Parveen Bala.

And the Minister for Infrastructure said more staff would be recruited to boost divisional office services.

Mr Bala gave this assurance in response to an oral question by Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa in Parliament yesterday.

Ro Teimumu Kepa asked if Mr Bala could give an update  of works carried out by the Fiji Roads Authority and  how the issues raised by Mr Bainimarama had been addressed.

Roads were one of the two top issues that were discussed on the opening day of the new sitting of Parliament. The other issue was the technical colleges. Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy’s response is on page 8.

After the departure of MWH Global  last year, Mr Bala said the FRA board in consultation with the management and other stakeholders had a well-established system for policy plan, monitoring and reporting.

Mr Bainimarama had made a call in a Fiji Sun article to the FRA to put its act together and deliver after receiving complaints over poor road conditions in rural areas.

Mr Bala said in Parliament that fundamental cultural and organisational change within an organisation did not happen overnight.

Mr Bala said there were some challenges too within the board which the board was trying to address.

Action by the ministry to make FRA more effective include:

  •  More staff for divisional offices
  •  Specialised machinery
  •  Intake of more technical staff
  •  Much better co-ordination with stakeholders with code of practice.
  •  Memorandum of Understanding for a three-year programme for the construction of rural roads, crossings and jetties.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki


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