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PM: My Govt’s Sound Budget Given Better Returns

PM: My Govt’s Sound Budget Given Better Returns
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama chats with the RFMF engineers before the Tobuniqio footbridge ground breaking ceremony at Tobuniqio in Tailevu on November 7, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula
November 08
12:05 2018

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama spoke of how his Government’s prudent and visionary budget management has managed to get double returns over a shorter period when compared to past governments.

“From 1990 to 2006 –– over the course of over a quarter of a century –– the total capital expenditure on infrastructure projects was 3.5 billion dollars,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“In comparison, from 2007 through to this financial year, we’ve invested over 7 billion dollars in these kinds of vital projects.

“It’s why our economy is booming, why our quality of life and connectivity is on the rise, and why international economists are praising the prudent and visionary fiscal management of my Government.”

Mr Bainimarama was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new footbridge at Tobuniqio in Tailevu yesterday.

“And we’re not just investing money, we’re doing it in a much more responsible and efficient way than those that came before us.

“Again, the numbers speak for themselves; we have been able to invest twice as much on infrastructure projects by borrowing the same amount of money.

“We are saving money on operational expenses while expanding the amount we put into physical construction, getting double the bang for our buck than the irresponsible spending of past governments.”

Asenaca Lagilagi, 19, is happy that the footbridge was being build at Tobuniqio village in Tailevu on November 7, 2018. Photo: WATI TALEBULA

Asenaca Lagilagi, 19, is happy that the footbridge was being build at Tobuniqio village in Tailevu on November 7, 2018. Photo: WATI TALEBULA

Meanwhile, Asenaca Lagilagi of Tobuniqio has been crossing the makeshift bridge from her village to the main road for as long as she can remember.

The old bridge was made of log and rope which villagers have used for many years and has seen a lot of accidents where people fall off and into the river.

“When it rains the crossing becomes slippery and it is hard for us to cross so we have to follow a longer route to get to the main road and after school by the time we reach home it is night time.”

“Sometimes adults fall off the bridge on their way home from church,” she said.

Ms Lagilagi thanked the Government for not excluding them from development.

Mr Bainimarama said: “Today it may be just one footbridge but it is much more than that to the hundreds of men, women and children who will use it every day.

“It will ease your route to the village plantation, to school, to the health centre, social services and other public amenities that lie across the river.”

Once completed the new $132,000 concrete walkway and steps will serve as evidence of  the FijiFirst government’s commitment to improving the lives of Fijians in all communities.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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