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Ba Wants Commissioner To Look After Roads

The Ba Provincial Council has passed a motion during their council meeting in Ba yesterday. The council agreed to formally ask the Commissioner Western’s Office to inform Ministry of Finance
04 Sep 2015 10:07
Ba Wants Commissioner To Look After Roads
Chairman Ratu Tevita Momoedonu (left), and Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau during the Ba Provincial Council meeting at Natalecake Village in Ba on Wednesday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Ba Provincial Council has passed a motion during their council meeting in Ba yesterday.

The council agreed to formally ask the Commissioner Western’s Office to inform Ministry of Finance to revert the funding and responsibility of roads from the Fiji Roads Authority FRA back to the Commissioner’s office as it was before.

The council felt that FRA was mainly concerned with highways and urban roads but roads in rural areas were being ignored.

“Previously the funding and responsibility for the rural roads used to be with the Commissioner’s office but it was moved to the FRA,” Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau said.

“We do see a lot of people coming to our office needing upgrades to their roads but the process took time because funds are not controlled by this office.

“Now the call has been made from the Ba province and we will present it to the Minister for his consideration,” he said.

It was also mentioned that 15 children were reported to have been beaten up in villages this year.

Matani Tikina Bulu Sairusi Naliva said: “It is painful to hear that these incidents are now happening in our province; some action needs to be taken.”

Meanwhile the meeting also heard about cases of children begging in the province where the following numbers were tabled:
– 269 cases in 2012;
– 314 cases in 2013;
– 149 cases in 2014;
– 12 children found begging in the streets; and
– 8 children have been taken off the streets into State care at the St Tabitha Home in Saweni

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