THE Fiji Roads Authority is confident that council workers who lose their jobs after the FRA takes full responsibility of all national, council and provincial roads will find employment with the contracting companies that will be hired to repair all roads in the country.
Suva City Council special administrator Chandu Umaria earlier mentioned that 15 council workers were likely to lose their jobs once FRA took over from SCC in January next year. "The FRA is going to be a small management focused organisation of 15 to 20 staff, the FRA will be responsible for the management and maintenance of all public roads and jetties in Fiji," FRA general manager Mike Rudge said.
He said the biggest challenge FRA faced was trying to get roads fixed in a short time.
"It's fair to say that two of our biggest problems are knowledge and prioritising. None of the existing organisations that look after the roads have good information on the roads that they look after. Whether that is the location, length, width and the associated signs, guardrails and other road furniture nor its condition — the data is just not there or not easy to put together," he said.