Promises under scrutiny

THE Opposition has promised to carefully scrutinise Government’s development promises announced yesterday by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

Opposition member Professor Biman Prasad said the Opposition would want to ensure any development and reform was feasible in the long run.

“We now have a parliamentary democracy and a parliament and there are requirements within the Constitution for transparency and accountability,” Mr Prasad said.

“And we will hold Government accountable to some of those provisions and we look forward to a very good debate on the President’s speech starting on Monday.

“Hopefully, when the Government presents its budget for 2015, we will have a chance to look at that and obviously some of them are big promises.

“And we will look at implementation and how Government will prepare itself to deliver some of those, not withstanding the fact that it will need money to deliver.”