Seruiratu to weigh options

Defence minister Inia Seruiratu walking out of parliament. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Rural Development Minister Inia Seruiratu will wait for his FijiFirst party before he makes a decision to contest the general election. In an interview with The Fiji Times recently, he said he wouldn’t decide.

“That’s for the party to decide,” he said. “If given the opportunity I will still weigh my options.”

Mr Seruiratu was interviewed while in Labasa to open the new Dawn Renewable Energy branch.

He reiterated that Government still had big plans for Vanua Levu but things wouldn’t happen overnight.

“But there is a plan and that’s the beauty about the northern development program and it’s good to see plans unfolding and coming to fruition,” he said.

“It takes money to develop the North but won’t happen overnight.

“Looking at the investments happening, there have been so many investments on infrastructure and utilities but over-time we should see a change and see a shift.

“There will be lesser of investment on infrastructure and utilities and more into economic empowerment.”

Mr Seruiratu said this should be the trend.

“We have to fix a lot of bridges, a lot of roads and install towers and this creates the environment for growth and development,” he said.

“But it’s not going to continue forever and over-time we will fix roads and a bit of maintenance but good to see plans unfolding.

“And I encourage all of us that there’s opportunity in Vanua Levu for growth as we have new investors coming to the North and thankful for this confidence.”

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