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Govt team off to Rotuma fete

May 10
10:37 2013

BY ANA SOVARAKI

An advanced party of Government officials left Suva yesterday to attend the Rotuma Day celebrations in Rotuma.
The Permanent Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office, Lieutenant-Colonel Pio Tikoduadua, will be chief guest.
Rotuma Day is celebrated on May 13.
Every year, a Government delegation of representatives from various ministries attended the celebrations, and at the same time visit the various Government projects their departments were involved with.
Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant-Colonel Netani Rika said the Rotuma Expo would run parallel with the celebrations.
“The Ministry of Health Rotuma outreach will also be part of the trip,” he said.
“This is a special team that will conduct minor operations while on the Island.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Rika said the celebrations would feature the agriculture produce show, women artefact’s show and traditional dances, talanoa session and the Government team’s visit to all the projects in Rotuma.
“There will also be teams from the private sector and Government subsidiaries who will be there to market their products to the people,” he said.
One of the highlights will be a visit to the site of the Deed of Cession at Lihava where the Gagaj Maraf will read the Deed of Cession in Rotuman.  Rotuma was ceded to Great Britain in 1881.
On the same day, Lieutenant-Colonel Tikoduadua will then launch the one-million tree planting programme at Atapisi.
Lieutenant-Colonel Tikoduadua and Government officials will be accorded the traditional welcoming ceremony and feast called “mamasa”.
He will also host a talanoa session with the people of Rotuma at Oinafa Village hall.
Education Permanent Secretary Dr Brij Lal will also be in Rotuma to commission Form Seven for Rotuma High School.

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