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“Prime Minister’s Office and Development Projects” Letter to the Editor, FS and FT, 2 April 2014 (not published)

09/04/2014

Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Island Business, Republika, Mr Ashwin Raj)
2 April 2014 (not published)

Projects funded from Prime Minister’s Office

Dear Sir/Madam

For more than a year, and almost on a weekly basis the public has been seeing “news items” of some project, like class-rooms or water tanks or brush-cutters or roads, being funded from funds held by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Or, Commodore Bainimarama has visited some local community who express their need for some development project, and the Prime Minister orders the relevant ministry to immediately deliver that project, and they jump to it.

Of course, Commodore Bainimarama receives credit and thanks from that particular community.

But surely, if the government were being run efficiently, then all ministries and Ministers would have properly planned annual work programmes with a proper sequencing of projects, given the relative importance of community needs around Fiji.

Why is there this continuous need for the Prime Minister’s Office to be “stepping into the breach”?

Are these ministries and departments not doing their jobs?

Or is it that the Prime Minister’s intervention is completely disrupting and thereby undermining the normal planning and scheduling of development projects of these ministries throughout Fiji?

I would be grateful if the PS in the Prime Minister’s Office, and the PS Planning, could reply to this query.

 

Professor Wadan Narsey

Suva

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