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A-G: Capital Works To Secure Future

A-G: Capital Works To Secure Future
Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with students and teachers at the Budget consultations for high school students in Ba at the Xavier College Auditorium on April 13, 2017. Photo: DEPTFO News
April 14
10:39 2017

The present upgrading of infrastructure and spending on capital projects are being done for the security of Fiji’s future generation.

That was the message from Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday to students from 11 schools around Ba. They gathered at Xavier College for the Budget consultations.

“We are trying to do the right thing so that your future is secure,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said if past Governments had thought about this years ago, then the present Government would not have to spend as much money on the development of infrastructure and other needs.

“Some politicians in the past only thought and saw as far as their noses,” he said.

He said this was also the case for other ministries.

One of the examples he highlighted to students, including the morning session for Lautoka schools, was that nothing was done in the past to secure local doctors and have them trained in specialised fields.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it was a sad situation that in the 21st century Fiji did not have any specialised persons in fields like neurology, cardiology and other major medical roles.

He said the Government had now made it possible for doctors who wanted to achieve a post graduate to attain it with Government paying for the course.

Meanwhile, some submissions made by students in Lautoka and Ba included:

Government to source suppliers who could sell school equipment like projectors at a low price

Government to allocate some funding to help students with impaired vision to purchase proper reading glasses

FNU in Ba to extend the present number of courses to include more

Government to allocate funds for an evacuation centre at Nukuloa in Ba. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Government was building stronger schools now which would  be safe for evacuation centres

Government to provide assistance to students for transportation to hospital when sick

On a submission on the issue of bus tickets, it was heard that some students who were issued with tickets walked instead and sold these tickets at a lower price.

A submission for teacher aides who were mainly to assist students who had lagged behind in school.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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