People’s Alliance Govt to explore re-establishment of the PWD

People’s Alliance Govt to explore re-establishment of the PWD

By Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 22/11/2022
People’s Alliance Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka

A People’s Alliance Government will explore re-establishment of the Public Works Department and provide it with appropriate equipment to undertake construction and maintenance of rural roads and jetties while the Fiji Roads Authority will be reorganised as PWD with all necessary facilitation.

While speaking at the launch of the manifesto in Namoli Village in Lautoka People’s Alliance Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka says despite expenditure of billions of dollars, sealed roads are often covered with potholes, while rural roads deteriorate.

According to the manifesto while the Government’s efforts to maintain the infrastructure seem visible, the quality of work done has remained low with least durability and much of the poor workmanship on the infrastructure has been due to poor planning, lack of monitoring and targeting of the tasks done by the respective government departments.

The manifesto states rural roads are the key casualties of the wider deterioration of infrastructure in Fiji under the current government and due to the inefficiencies and consequent financial constraints, the government has grossly failed to mend rural roads that are necessary for the growth of the agricultural sector.

The manifesto says the maritime communities need more reliable and efficient transport infrastructure but despite the government having a master plan to work on the port facilities to support international and domestic trade, including maritime transport, very little has been achieved so far.

They say to change this pathetic condition, the People’s Alliance Government will encourage greater involvement of the private sector in the provision of transport services revive the government shipping services to support the private sector provide efficient, reliable and cost effective transport services, explore a Fiji National Shipping Line or purchase shares in an existing Line that operates key Pacific routes, explore realistic options and adopt changes to the current model to significantly reduce costs of construction, maintenance and upgrading of existing infrastructure, improve shipping services to the maritime zone through better subsidy arrangement and economic opportunities and maintain high level of safety in public transport through appropriate policies and legislation.

Hamaza singers One Crew Band motivated by the passion they have for singing
A group of youths from Cunningham are putting themselves out to the world with some innovative singing from their neighbourhood, and this is catching ...
38 minutes ago
Man allegedly assaults wife under the influence of alcohol in Delainavesi
A 52-year-old man is in police custody after he allegedly assaulted his wifeunder the influence of alcohol yesterday morning in their Delainavesi ...
33 minutes ago

Anti-Scam Taskforce plans to set up Scamwatch Centre to give people early warning on scams
The National Anti-Scam Taskforce is currently working to establish a Scamwatch Centre so that people can get an early warning on scams that could ...
35 minutes ago

Man assaults wife under the influence of alcohol in Delainavesi
A 52-year-old man is in police custody after allegedly under the influence of alcohol, he assaulted his wife yesterday morning in their Delainavesi ...
2 hours ago

Fire destroys elderly man’s 2 bedroom home in Labasa
A two-bedroom house belonging to a 75-year-old farmer has been destroyed in a fire yesterday morning. Police say the incident occurred in Naduna, ...
2 hours ago

Israeli military concludes deadly raid on refugee camp in the occupied West Bank
Israeli troops have concluded a two-day operation in the Nur al-Shams refugee camp near Tulkarm, in the occupied West Bank. This was confirmed by ...
6 hours ago

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
SODELPA Management Board instructs Gavoka to hand over Education portfolio to Radrodro
The SODELPA Management Board has now asked SODELPA’s Parliamentary Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Viliame Gavoka to relinquish his Education ...
4 days ago

Bainimarama and Qiliho's Acquittal Appeal
Coverage on the appeal filed by Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, John Rabuku against the acquittal of the former Prime Minister Voreqe ...
19 days ago

National Program Manager for Fiji 7s, Gareth Baber appears on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan
Gareth Baber appeared on fijivillage Straight Talk With Vijay Narayan to share his plans heading into the preparations for the upcoming tournaments ...
20 days ago