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FRA nears spending deadline

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, June 14, 2014

THE Fiji Roads Authority will use about $200million out of its $480m budget allocation by the end of this month, says chief executive officer Neil Cook.

Mr Cook said this was in line with government's wishes for government departments to spend at least 60 per cent of their budget by June 30.

He said FRA had started monitoring recent road projects to gauge its expenditure.

"There's a general expectation of around 60 per cent of the programs to be completed by the end of this month," Mr Cook said.

"That desire from government was not a burden in any way as we were expecting that level of progress so we have got no problem with that.

"It would not affect the plans that we have for this year in terms of road rehabilitation works."

Mr Cook said expenditure was not an issue for them.

"Probably, what we would say is that we are pretty much in target for that 60 per cent.

"Therefore, if you take the 60 per cent as expenditure figure on the $480m that we were allocated in this year's budget, we should be well over $200m by month-end."

Mr Cook added major projects along the Dreketi-Nabouwalu and the Savusavu-Buca Bay highway were progressing well.

He visited the North this week with FRA chairman Pio Tikoduadua to monitor the projects within the division.

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