GUG satisfied with Budget, but issues still outstanding for Gozitan students
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The Gozo University Group reacting to last night’s Budget, said that it “is quite satisfied with next year’s Budget however, there are still issues which need to be addressed immediately for the sake of all Gozitan students.”
The GUG, in a statement said that it was pleased to hear that the second fibre optic cable will be placed during the coming year, “as it is a project very much backed by the Organisation.”
It added that, “this project will be a backup for the main cable which connects Gozo to the mainland. This has been one of the Group’s aims for a long time and so the members were very satisfied to see that their hard work has paid off.”
As regards the Malta-Gozo tunnel, The GUG said that the Finance Minister confirmed that “studies of the geological makeup of the seabed beneath the Gozo Channel will be made in order to see if work on the tunnel could be started.”
The tunnel would serve many Gozitan workers and students who would be able to cross to their home island quicker and more efficiently, said the organisation.
These points will certainly help make Gozitan student life easier however, the GUG said that it “was disappointed that points such as the fast ferry service (proposed last year) was not mentioned.
The Organisation continued by saying that, the service would have made crossing “a bit easier and despite it being mentioned in the 2017 Budget, it was never realised and so students wait eagerly for news on the matter.”
The GUG also pointed out that the rent issue was not addressed either. “This problem was only spoken about when discussing the social housing problem but not about university students.”
“The Minister for Finance, Professor Scicluna presented other excellent proposals which will be realised during the coming year, ensuring our islands’ economic stability,” said the GUG.