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$231k for training of rural carpenters

The Fijian Government has set aside $231,000 in the 2016-2017 budget for the training and up-skilling of rural carpenters in Fiji’s rural communities. Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Permanent Secretary, Meleti Bainimarama said the initiative will ensure that rural carpenters are able to construct durable and cyclone-resistant houses. BAINIMARAMA: “This […]

Salote Qalubau

July 15, 2016 6:52 am

The Fijian Government has set aside $231,000 in the 2016-2017 budget for the training and up-skilling of rural carpenters in Fiji’s rural communities.

The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management, Mr Meleti Bainimarama during a press conference this afternoon. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire).
The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management, Mr Meleti Bainimarama during a press conference earlier this year. (Newswire)

Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Permanent Secretary, Meleti Bainimarama said the initiative will ensure that rural carpenters are able to construct durable and cyclone-resistant houses.

BAINIMARAMA: “This initiative will bridge that gap. We want to up skill them, so that they can interpret house plans, national building codes and manuals. The project will also ensure rural carpenters are qualified to construct houses under Government’s Rural Housing Assistance.”

Mr Bainimarama said that a lot of people in Fiji’s rural communities have basic carpentry skills and have built homes in their respective villages, but have very little understanding of the National Building Codes and Manuals.

While the use of the Government Rural Housing 24′ x 16′ house plan has been justified by reports of its resilience during TC Winston, Mr Bainimarama said the house plans have been modified by the Fiji Institute of Engineering.

Meanwhile, the pilot phase of the project will be conducted in a rural community in the four Divisions as requested by identified by various divisional Commissioners.

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