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FNU applauds Govt’s additional grant

The Fiji National University (FNU) is happy with the Government for allocating additional capital grant of $6.5 million in the 2016-2017 national Budget for the Labasa campus. FNU chancellor and
04 Aug 2016 14:51
FNU applauds Govt’s additional grant
Project site for Fiji National University in Labasa. Photo: SHRATIKA NAIDU

The Fiji National University (FNU) is happy with the Government for allocating additional capital grant of $6.5 million in the 2016-2017 national Budget for the Labasa campus.

FNU chancellor and chairman of the FNU Council, Ikbal Jannif said the grant had been increased due to the amount of work planned for 2016 and 2017.

“Government has been supporting the campus project for a number of years,” Mr Jannif said.

“FNU has spent about $3 million on the project so far, all coming from government grants over the years.

“FNU has engaged an independent engineer to carrying out a verification of the compaction works done.

“This is a green site, and FNU has to be very particular and careful that the compacted area is ready to be built on.”

Mr Jannif said while the compaction work was being verified, construction plans were being finalised.

“We plan to meet with other agencies soon to discuss the widening and sealing of the road, provision of footpaths and street lights, supply of water, electricity and many more,” he said.

“A co-ordinated effort is needed.”

Mr Jannif added the complex would include two double storey buildings and a number of workshops for FNU and National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) use.

He said work would be done in stage because of the size of the campus.

“Details of what would be done in each phase, the designs of the building, and the layout of the campus would be made public as soon as we are ready to proceed.”

Edited By: Farzana Nisha

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