Mu­nic­i­pal heads cau­tioned to utilised cap­i­tal projects grants

Fiji Sun - - Business - CHARLES CHAM­BERS EDITED BY: RACHNA LAL LAUTOKA

Mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils would have Gov­ern­ment grants for cap­i­tal projects taken away if no progress is be­ing made on get­ting works done. Minister for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing, En­vi­ron­ment, In­fra­struc­ture and Transport Parveen Kumar cau­tioned chief ex­ec­u­tives and special ad­min­is­tra­tors yes­ter­day. He was speak­ing dur­ing the Special Ad­min­is­tra­tors’ and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cers’ Fo­rum at the Tanoa Water­front Ho­tel in Lautoka. He said Gov­ern­ment had con­tin­ued to pro­vide an an­nual grant of $4 mil­lion, more com­monly known as the Chal­lenge Fund, for the im­prove­ment of in­fra­struc­ture, cap­i­tal works and up­grad­ing of prop­er­ties. How­ever, he said progress work on cap­i­tal projects had been slow. “I am not go­ing to sin­gle out any mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil but take this as a very se­ri­ous note from me.” “From now on, if you are not go­ing to be on par with min­istry of­fi­cials on car­ry­ing out the projects, you are not go­ing to get the funds,” he said. “I want you all to be Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tors who can get things done and let me be clear that we must aim to be the best and to be that must re­quire strong lead­er­ship.” Mr Kumar said coun­cils now were for­tu­nate that they were given an­nual al­lo­ca­tions from Gov­ern­ment as com­pared to the past where they were left to run on their own. “I can as­sure you that un­der this Gov­ern­ment, it would con­tinue,” he said. He said it was a fact that some mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils did not have the fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity to carry out cap­i­tal projects on their own and this was why Gov­ern­ment was as­sist­ing.

Photo: DEPTFO NEWS

Minister for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing, En­vi­ron­ment, In­fra­struc­ture and Transport Parveen Kumar (left) with his Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Joshua Wy­cliffe dur­ing the Special Ad­min­is­tra­tors’ and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cers’ Fo­rum at the Tanoa Water­front Ho­tel in Lautoka.

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