Excavators to help drainage works in flood prone areas

Deputy Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister Sakeasi Waikere (left) with the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Waterways and Environment Joshua Wycliffe during the hand-over. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Ministry of Waterways and Environment recently received three excavators to help it in carrying out timely drainage works in flood prone areas.

While handing over the excavators to the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Waterways and Environment Joshua Wycliffe, the Deputy Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister Sakeasi Waikere said one of the pre-requisites of quality and consistent Government services in the rural areas is the need for well-maintained infrastructure.

“These excavators will be used for dump site preparation including drainage works and the clearing of irrigation canals,” Mr Waikere said.

Mr Waikere said the machines will improve infrastructure in rural areas, including construction of farm roads and preparation of farm lands.

“The Fijian Government is optimistic that the three excavators will be used for its intended purposes for the benefits of the people they serve,” he said.

“Especially those whose livelihoods are dependent on well-maintained drainage and irrigation infrastructure.”

Furthermore, the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Waterways and Environment Joshua Wycliffe was present to receive the brand new excavators.

The three brand new excavators had been donated by the Japanese Government in 2018 through their Grant Aid programme.

 

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