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Commission Probes Housing Project

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has been assigned to conduct investigations on the Lagilagi or Jittu Estate housing project. Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism (MITT), Local Government, Housing
29 Dec 2018 12:13
Commission Probes Housing Project
Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) has been assigned to conduct investigations on the Lagilagi or Jittu Estate housing project.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism (MITT), Local Government, Housing and Community De­velopment Premila Kumar said the development was now becoming a concern because the project had not been delivered the way it should be.

In partnership with Peoples Community Net­work, the Government injected $12.7 million in the project.

Ms Kumar said because taxpayers’ money was involved, it was extremely important for them to ensure that the money was well used.

The money was given to PCN to complete the whole project, which included the road infra­structure, electricity and the 143 units which were supposed to be built.

To date, only 117 units were completed.

“We have seen that the good intention of the Government has not been realised and it is for this reason the ministry had decided that we will conduct an inquiry into the affairs of PCN and, particularly, in this particular project,” Mrs Ku­mar said.

She added that it was sad to note that some of the complainants paid large sums of money over a period of time and they were still waiting for their apartments.

“So, we are wondering where the money went,” Mrs Kumar said.

She added that FCCC would particularly be looking at the grievances of the complainants and how the money given by the Government was spent.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said they noticed that some people who did not necessarily deserve to be at the apartment have already gotten an apart­ment.

This, he said, was against the whole objective of the project.

FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham said they were happy to work on the investiga­tion and to look at the terms of reference of the project.

He said the updated results of the investigation would be presented to the minister and the me­dia. Edited by Epineri Vula

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