NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad has told the people of Fiji to enjoy the benefits that the government has given them as it is their money which they are spending but he says that better economic management and better government is coming as change is coming in the 2018 election.
Speaking at the 2017/2018 National Budget debate, Professor Prasad said they will hold nationwide consultations on the issues such as land use, education, the sugar industry, health and housing that are vital for Fiji going forward.
Prasad says this will be the focus of an NFP government.
He then said that the Minister for Economy himself has said that the government cannot do the work it has promised to do.
Prasad says the government cannot deliver during bad weather.
He also highlighted that a few weeks ago the Chief Executive of the Fiji Roads Authority John Hutchinson suddenly resigned for personal reasons.
Prasad says only a few days ago he told ABC Pacific Beat that the government and FRA Board had unrealistic expectations about how to repair Fiji’s transport infrastructure.
He says the $2.68 minimum wage rate is a disgrace and it must be fixed.
The NFP Leader says they are also criticized for saying that this hourly rate must be increased to $5 so that there is a living wage and living income.
Prasad says the 14.3 percent average pay rise for civil servants particularly for teachers is abysmal.
He says teachers and other civil servants are being compelled to sign contracts for a restricted tenure of their employment to qualify for the pay rise.