The Nabouwalu town development site is not conducive as it presents several challenges that cannot be solved instantly.
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum pointed this out in parliament last week in response to opposition MP Lenora Qereqeretabua’s comment that the development site was to be completed in the 2023-2024 financial year.
“It is not flat land, there are several streams and rivers, the soil texture is prone to landslides,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
“If you go further east towards the fish market, you will see that it is flooded by the rising tides due to flooding of the waters due to rising sea levels.
Ms Qereqeretabua said a Facebook post by opposition MP Salote Radrodro in February 2020 said no stone had been turned in Nabouwalu despite growing budget injections totaling $15.2 million since 2015.
“All the hype, including the Fiji Sun proclaiming on September 21, 2018 that the contractor, Hussain’s Hire Plant, of Labasa got the contract, so what happened?” Ms. Qereqeretabua asked.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said that when you lead the government, decisions on various policy measures are not taken in a “silo”.
“The Hon. Qereqeretabua’s comments are very what I call syllogistic, as well as being banal,” he said.
“She is very syllogistic. Why has this not been done?
“What they also don’t mention is that it was the only government that actually said ‘let’s build a town in Nabouwalu’.
“It’s the only government that said ‘let’s build a town in Keiyasi, let’s build a town in Seaqaqa, that’s the created municipality; let’s get streetlights, let’s get water, let’s get electricity,” they don’t mention it at all.