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FCCC to investigate Lagilagi Housing Project

December 28, 2018 4:48 pm
From lef: FCCC Chief Executive, Joel Abraham, Attorney General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Housing Minister, Premila Kumar

The Lagilagi Housing Project will undergo an investigation by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Attorney General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it has come to the Governments attention that the People’s Community Network (PCN) does not have proper documentation about how the funds were used.

Sayed-Khaiyum says since taxpayer’s money was used the inquiry is necessary.

“We’ve also had complaints as the Minister alluded to where some people who do not necessarily deserve to be there, we understand have got apartments in those places. So whether there is any form of corruption taking place where some people are given precedence over other people needs to be investigated.”

Housing Minister, Premila Kumar says out of 143 units that were supposed to be built only 117 has been constructed so far.

“We would be asking FCCC to conduct this inquiry and particularly look at the grievances of the complainants plus how the money was spent because that is a lot of money that the government has given. So we want to see whether that money has been used wisely or not.”

FCCC Chief Executive, Joel Abraham says since October, the Commission has been receiving numerous informal complaints.

The government had given PCN $12.7 million for the Lagilagi Housing project but work has not delivered as promised.

The investigation will be conducted and the outcome of the inquiry will be made available to people.