They created history when they all became Ministers and Assistant Ministers – Naupoto
Stop the speeding and flashing lights – FijiFirst MP

They created history when they all became Ministers and Assistant Ministers – Naupoto

Stop the speeding and flashing lights – FijiFirst MP

By Alipate Narawa
Thursday 13/07/2023
FijiFirst MP Viliame Naupoto. [Image: Fiji Parliament]

The coalition government started by creating history when they made themselves all Ministers and Assistant Ministers, and perhaps we are the only country in the world as small as we are having 3 Deputy Prime Ministers.

FijiFirst MP Viliame Naupoto highlighted this while opposing the National Budget adding he was looking forward to the new plans, programs, initiatives, incentives, and to be fair, new ideas and new programs.

The Opposition MP says in his Budget Address the Minister for Finance Professor Biman Prasad talked about how the Coalition Government started but even that part he got wrong.

He further says and with it came the perks, cars, drivers, backup cars, office space, support staff, stationery and pay, allowances for Ministers, Assistant Ministers, Deputy Prime Ministers, business class travel, first class travel.

Naupoto says they started off in the red, and how do we know they started off in the red, because they did not do a mini-budget but worked with the current budget.

He further says the current budget only caters for a much less number of Ministers, no Deputy Prime Ministers.

The FijiFirst MP says from the word go, they have already busted their budget and that is not a good start.

Naupoto says the reason why they structured themselves this way was not service driven but by their own need to survive as a coalition and this is very much reflected in the way the Budget is done.

Naupoto also asks if those driving government vehicles can please take care and stop speeding on the road and also to please remove those flashing lights as they are more of a distraction then anything else.

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