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PM accuses newspaper of irresponsible reporting

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has yet again taken a swipe at a local newspaper for what he labelled as irresponsible reporting.

Officiating at the opening of the new school facilities in Naweni, Cakaudrove, yesterday Mr Bainimarama told people the unnamed newspaper thrived solely on drama and controversy.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we all know how a certain newspaper likes to report the news," he said.

"They do not account for the completed safe, storm resistant schools.

"There are schools that are still being built, however, they do not accurately report on why this is the case.

"There are many factors that has an impact on how strong school buildings will be when completed."

Mr Bainimarama said there was a need to plan and design and engineer these school structures to better withstand climatic changes, the adverse weather, availability of certified construction companies, the availability of building materials during a construction boom, and school management and committees giving timely approvals.

"These are some key factors that have an impact on the completion of the schools that need to be constructed after TC Winston," he said.

"Therefore there needs to be accurate and responsible reporting that tells the whole and true story.

"My Government remains steadfast in designing and building safer and stronger schools that best serve our Fijian students and which equips them with the necessary tools to succeed."

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