FRA Boss Sent On Leave

The Chief Executive Officer for the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Kamal Prasad has been sent on leave.
09 Jun 2023 10:30
FRA Boss Sent On Leave
Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Kamal Prasad Photo: Jone Salusalu

The Chief Executive Officer for the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) Kamal Prasad has been sent on leave.

The Minister of Public Works, Meteorological Services and Transport Filipe Tuisawau ordered an audit and investigation of Fiji Roads Authority.

In a statement last night, Mr Tuisawau said as of the board meeting on June 6, 2023, the Board of FRA has decided to send its CEO, on leave pending audit and investigations.

This decision was endorsed by Minister Tuisawau.

He said this decision had been taken in the best interest of FRA and the public at large to allow the Board to carry out Independent Investigations unhindered from within as follows:


1. Cash Flow Issues and Budget Overspending 

Mr Tuisawau said FRA was currently facing a cash flow issue with its current Capital Expenditure (2022/23) of $350 million spent by December 2022.

“In addition, and as at April 30, 2023, the FRA still owes $38 million to 13 Contractors and forecasted to reach $55 million by June 30th,” Mr Tuisawau said.

“The Board has noted that there is no Strategic Plan in place, many complaints are received and the continued deterioration of our road network daily indicates a lack of planning and compounded by mismanagement by the Minister of Economy in the FijiFirst Government,” he said.

He added that the Board has taken swift action to address this serious matter and is in full consultation with the Ministry of Finance. The Board has also consulted with FRA contractors.


2. Technical Audit 

Mr Tuisawau said a few major projects have been delayed and resulting in Contractors seeking variation payments to the contracted sum.

He added that in this regard, the Board will carry out an audit to justify substantial cost increases.


3. Whistle Blower Report 

Mr Tuisawau also stated that a Whistle Blower report had been received by the Board alleging malpractices within the organization.

“I have ordered a full investigation and this will be carried out by the Board.”

When contacted last night Mr Prasad said he would not be making any comments on the issue.



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