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$74m spent on capital works

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, May 30, 2014

ABOUT $74million has been spent on capital works in the Ba Province, says Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki.

He said a contributing factor to the increased funding allocation was the fact that the province had the biggest land and population size in the Western Division.

"There are currently 21 public sector investment projects (PSIP) which are ongoing for the Ba Province and the amount $73.9m represents 78 per cent of capital allocation to the Western Division," he said.

"This year, government is spending $1.01billion on capital expenditure with the Western Division receiving $94.6m or 9 per cent as a proportion of the total capital budget."

He said the Fiji Roads Authority, Health Ministry and Denarau bridge represented the top three allocations with a joint funding of almost $62.6m.

"There are some major projects currently taking place in the Ba Province and some of it is slowly taking shape such as the Nadi airport to Denarau four-lane road widening project ($30m) and rural power grid extension from Korovou to Tavua ($1.4m), the extension of the Lautoka High Court in Lautoka ($5m) among others."

Cdr Cawaki said government recognised the need to develop the Western Division, especially the Ba province as it was economically vibrant.

"Government will continue to ensure that developments are done to benefit all Fijians."