Wharf plans

THE Fiji Roads Authority is not aware of any plans regarding the construction of a wharf on the South of Taveuni.

Responding to queries from a businessman on the South of Taveuni who claimed to have received confirmation from Government on the implementation of the project this year, the statement said this was not true.

When contacted for comments earlier, director Local Government Azam Khan directed this newspaper to FRA.

Taveuni businessman Abhai Francis Kanahiya said he received a letter from the permanent secretary for Rural and Maritime Development, addressed to the Commissioner Northern’s office last year requesting that the project be discussed and considered in their Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP) submission for the 2018-2019 National Budget.

The letter highlighted that the issue was raised with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during his visit to Navakawau Village in March last year.

“It is understood that your office had already begun working on this in 2015 where the opinions of key stakeholders were being sought,” the letter said.

“The basis for the request to construct a wharf at South Taveuni stemmed from the following grounds:

“53 per cent of the population of Taveuni resides in the area.

“Also 80 per cent of the commodities coming out of island originate from South Taveuni as well.”