Opposition MP questions infrastructure budget
December 4, 2014 5:54 am
The Infrastructure spend is the biggest piece of the budget pie with 1.08 billion dollars allocated
And while the Shadow Minister Aseri Radrodro acknowledged the need to invest in infrastructure, he raised the need for tighter scrutiny..
‘’_In 2012, the Department of National Roads came under reform, some of the reasons include, insufficient funds, big backlog of projects, inefficient procedures for example all workmen operating from depot and traveling long distances. Following recommendations of the Asian Development Bank the Fiji Roads Authority was established, their role oversight maintenance works which would be outsourced under contractual arrangements to ensure efficiency’’._
Radrodro also questioned the operations of the Fiji Roads Authority
‘’Along with the establishment of FRA, came a consultant, MWH to be the change agents to oversight the reform. MWH later appointed themselves as Engineering Services Consultant. Madam Speaker I suggest to Government to review whether the role of the change agent is now a conflict of interest and in that aspect, could the Minister inform this House as to how many local staffs are part of engineering management team’’.
The Opposition MP also highlighted the spend of more than 17 million dollars for capital purchases for the Government Shipping services..
In concluding his address Radrodro says with the many questions raised, he finds it impossible to support the budget.