24th August 08:25 AM
AG, Radrodro and Usamate debate in parliament on Fiji roads and capability of FRA
By Lena Reece
Tuesday 14/05/2019
[Photo: Fijian Parliament/Facebook]

Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has shot down comments made by the Opposition on the failure of road maintenance by the Fiji Roads Authority and provision of consistent water supply by the Water Authority of Fiji.

This comes as SODLEPA MP, Aseri Radrodro said that he believes that the Fiji Roads Authority is lacking the capacity to undertake rehabilitation and maintenance which is now evident across the country.

While contributing to the debate on the Review Report of the Public Accounts Committee on Special Projects for 2014, Radrodro adds that this lack of resources by FRA came about after the transition from the Department of National Roads to the FRA.

Sayed‑Khaiyum then highlighted that many people who were involved in corruption in the Department of National Roads and the PWD were not taken to task adding that today it is a completely different story.

Radrodro also questioned the management arrangement between FRA and its contractors and why the Attorney General was not in parliament to hear his concerns during the debate.

The Attorney General later explained why he was not in Parliament during Radrodro’s address.

Meanwhile the Minister for Infrastructure, Jone Usamate also highlighted that all members of parliament are always interested in the funds that are made available for the provision of services for our people.

He adds that people know the history of how roads and water have been managed in this country and people have heard the stories of the shenanigans that use to go own where companies were hired to cart water and many people made lots of money.

Usamate also stressed that these shenanigans showed the need for a strong government to put in place a reform and change the way all of this was structured to ensure stronger governance systems and this led to the establishment of the Water Authority of Fiji and the Fiji Roads Authority.

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