Ro Teimumu Kepa (SODELPA Leader)
It's somewhat impossible to comment with any accuracy on government spending in this sector since their accounts are unaudited and we can really only go by what they say they spent. The deteriorating state of our roads and small airports reflect the lack of care and focus by the regime during the past seven-and-a-half years. Coupled with the fact that associated issues such as buses burning up and breaking down like never before in Fiji's history, with a great loss of lives, this sector is of very grave concern to SODELPA.
But a SODELPA government will:
* Audit and review the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji and Airports Fiji Ltd;
* Audit and review of operations of Fiji Airways and Fiji Link;
* Provide adequate funding for roads and airports;
* Provide incentives for the private sector to provide road and air transport services;
* Provide legislation to ensure high standards of safety for road and air transport;
* Ensure that all citizens have access to national road networks;
* Ensure provision of proper transport facilities for disabled travellers; and
* Review the unpopular e-ticketing system with a view to removing it, and we will also review the sea transport sector in a similar manner.
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (FijiFirst General Secretary)
Please note that our manifesto will
address the development agenda of
Kini Marawai (FLP Executive)
SINCE the time of Ratu Mara's government after independence until to-date all governments (Alliance, SVT, Peoples Coalition/Labour and the Bainimarama government) have all contributed positively to the development of the infrastructure - whether it be roads, bridges, hospitals, streetlights and so forth.
This is not a domain in which this government could lay claim as the only government that has done a lot on that than any other previous governments even though it always claims (though wrongly) that it is the exception.
When one traverses the urban centres around the country you will realise that the road conditions, the potholes, the repairing and construction of new bridges are still there to be done.
Memorable bridges such as the Sigatoka Melrose and the Rewa Bridge were certainly not done by this government and so are many other infrastructures since their taking of power in 2006.
Apart from claiming to have done more on the infrastructure, they have desecrated the environment by being negligent on the environment impact assessment on infrastructural development it has been doing for the past eight years or so."
Biman Prasad (NFP Leader)
NFP believes consistent investment in infrastructure is critical in generating economic activity and job creation. NFP will create a policy framework to allow for long-term planning of Fiji's infrastructure needs.
The framework will include identifying and prioritising nationally important infrastructure.
NFP will facilitate private-public partnership in long-term planning, funding and building first-class infrastructure to promote long term economic growth.
NFP will reestablish Public Works Department (PWD) to ensure that our people are employed in major national infrastructure projects including those funded by foreign loans and grants.
Additionally, the NFP believes that the government's sudden borrowing in 2013 and 2014 to invest in infrastructure projects is unsustainable.
In the rush to grab votes the government has engaged in large infrastructure projects through borrowing and with little accountability and transparency in how the projects are managed by private companies.
The NFP in government will have a national infrastructure plan, laying out clearly, short-term, medium-term and long-term infrastructure needs of the country.