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PWD to effectively manage rural dev

Cabinet has approved the remodeling of the Public Works Department (PWD) within the Ministry of Public Works, Meteorological Services, and Transport to effectively manage infrastructure development in the rural areas.

In a statement, Acting Prime Minister Viliame Gavoka said this will include the construction and maintenance of rural roads, water, and sanitation, energy, as well as the construction and maintenance of all government buildings and government quarters.

Gavoka said the PWD has historically played a pivotal role in the development and maintenance of infrastructure throughout the nation – However, over the years, as a result of implementing the public sector reform; the PWD has faced challenges that led to its diminished capacity and effectiveness.

He said centralising responsibility for rural infrastructure under the PWD will allow for a more integrated, better coordinated, and holistic approach to rural infrastructure development and maintenance.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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