Services in rural communities are now better says AG
February 15, 2019 7:42 am
Rural Fiji by Gareth James
The Fijian Government has invested more than two billion dollars in the development of services in rural communities.
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this while answering questioned asked by Opposition MP Jese Saukuru on Governments plans in place to combat the issue.
Sayed-Khaiyum says rural roads have been expanded, access to water and electricity has widened, incoming generating programmes like small and medium enterprises has been implemented in many areas.
“In 2017/2018 fiscal year, we spent over $350 million in rural communities compared to $50 million in the years prior to Bainimarama government. We are spending seven times more in rural areas annually. Apart from this we provide for education for young people, and more investment in rural schools has been seen.”
Sayed-Khaiyum says people now have access to legal aid and social welfare officers as well while internet connectivity has been upgraded.
The AG says Vanua Levu, Kadavu, Levuka, Lomaiviti, Lau, Rotuma and parts of Viti Levu has been categorized as free economic zones where businesses can be setup.
He says this will also provide employment for many as many people move to urban areas mainly in search of work opportunities.