30 Mar 2009

Vanuatu government gives green light to widespread road maintenance

4:23 pm on 30 March 2009

Vanuatu's government has agreed to spend 4.5 million US dollars of its taxpayers' money for road maintenance throughout the country.

The Council of Ministers has mandated the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities to speed up the tender procedures so that companies with road maintenance credentials can be identified early to begin work on the roads.

The Daily Post newspaper reports that islands which produce copra, cocoa, kava, timber, and other products that bring money to Vanuatu are expected to take priority for road maintenance projects over other islands.

They include Santo, Malekula, Ambae, Pentecost, Maewo, Epi and Tanna.

It is envisaged that between 2011 and 2015 all main roads on these islands will be tar-sealed.