Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama believes Fiji’s economic growth has allowed our rapid engagement to be a more modern society.
Speaking at the opening of the Stinson Parade Bridge and Vatuwaqa Bridge in Suva yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said for eight straight years, the Fijian economy has witnessed growth in infrastructure.
“We opened two major bridges in the greater Suva area that have been completely re-imagined and re-engineered to serve a modern, growing, ambitious nation,” Mr Bainimarama said.
He said time spent in traffic kept people away from families and keeps people from being productive in work or school.
“That is why, as Fijians are earning more, spending more and travelling more often, we have also undertaken such an ambitious slate of road infrastructure development,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“And that plan of action has led us to the opening of these two new bridges today – developments that recognise our growth so far and that prepares us for even greater achievement in the years ahead.”
The new Stinson Parade Bridge will massively free-up congestion in our downtown area, the roads will be safer, the entire area far more accessible for passers-by, and giving Fijians living in Lami, and beyond, access to Suva.
“For people working in Suva and living in Nausori, travelling will now become far faster and more convenient with the opening of the new bridge in Vatuwaqa.
“If you are a shop-keeper in downtown Suva who lives out of the city, this is a victory for you, because you can return home to your family more quickly after you have closed shop at the end of a busy day,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“Today marks a victory for all of our vendors because you can bring your goods to the market in our capital much more easily.
“This was also a victory for all taxi and bus drivers who can work throughout the Suva-Nausori-Lami corridor without being bogged down in endless hours of traffic. Both bridges are part of a grant aid project of $30million provided by the Chinese government.