Public raise concerns

ISSUES of water, rural roads, electrification and land were some of the most common challenges raised by those who were able to meet Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during his two-week tour of the Western Division.

And the Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau confirmed Mr Bainimarama would return for another week-long tour of the region.

He said the tour allowed Government to listen and address issues raised by the general public immediately.

“The issues from the general public especially those coming out of the rural areas are all the same issues,” he said.

“They’re mostly about upgrade of rural roads, accessibility, electrification and water.

“And throughout the two weeks, all of the heads of departments, permanent secretaries and even some ministers who were able to immediately respond to the issues raised by the people when they brought them up.

“In other sense this was a tour that was more of a sharing of information with the public.”

While speaking at the end of the two-week tour in Navutu Village, Sigatoka, Mr Bainimarama said there was no better way to understand people’s challenges than to get out and spend time with them.

“I’ve seen schools, villages, community centres, fisheries, farms, bridges and a wide variety of other developments and I’ve had the chance to meet and speak with Fijians all over the West and hear their dreams and their ideas for the future,” he said.

“There is no better way for me to understand the challenges our people face than to get out and spend time in our communities all over Fiji.

“My Government can only know what’s best for Fiji if we spend less time talking and more time listening.

“Listening to your stories, listening to your problems and listening to what you believe your communities need.”

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