Committee: FRA’s performance be monitored to ensure value for money

Road contractors carry out urgent repair works on Ratu Dovi Rd. Picture: SUPPLIED/FILE

THERE is a very small group of contractors that have worked with a group of designers for the design and construction of Fiji roads.

This noted the Standing Committee on Social Affairs in its review report of the Fiji Roads Authority’s (FRA) 2015 and 2016 annual report.

It noted that the FRA was not keen on bringing in overseas consultants and contractors continually, attributed to the expensive costs and the non-guarantee of better quality.

“FRA has had great success with many of its local contractors, however, the design and social capacity of the industry is low,” the committee stated.

“As such, FRA is currently working on improving the capability of its team and local contractors.”

The committee has suggested recommendations that include the monitoring and assessment of the FRA’s performance to ensure value for money for all resources that have been allocated.

The committee also recommended that the FRA engage in prudent recruitment and due diligence of overseas contractors to avoid the early termination of contracts; and that it allows for greater participation of local contractors.

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