PM: Supporters First On My List
Government will give priority to those who had supported its policies when carrying out developments in the Northern Division.
This was the message relayed by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, to civil servants at Naulumatua House in Nabouwalu, Bua, yesterday.
He said this would be the new approach taken by the Government in the coming four years of its leadership.
“It’s only fair that we look after our supporters first as without them we wouldn’t be running the Government,” he said.
Mr Bainimarama said the election results proved that the FijiFirst policies for development were not supported by people in some areas in the Northern Division.
They instead supported the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) campaign based on what he called lies and divisive policies. SODELPA parliamentarians, he said, had won their support because of the lies and condemnation they had spread around the division against FijiFirst policies.
Mr Bainimarama said despite this, the FijiFirst supporters remained firm and stayed with the party.
SODELPA candidates, he said, had condemned the developments carried out through the Bainimarama Government’s Look North Policy.
“The SODELPA parliamentarians did not talk about developments during their campaigns but instead criticised FijiFirst and all the developments it had carried out in the Northern Division,” he said.
During his visits to the division before the elections, he said traditional presentations were made to show their support to the Government and their promise to vote for FijiFirst.
“Come elections, they all supported SODELPA,” the Prime Minister said.
They supported SODELPA’s policies which included the changing of the Constitution, reinstatement of the Great Council of Chiefs and changing all the new decrees at the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs to name a few.
He said with their number in the new Parliament, SODELPA will not be able to push through what they had promised to their supporters.
However, he said his Government’s developments would also be carried out in all areas including places populated by their opposition.
“No one will be left out but the priority will be for our supporters.”
He said this was not discrimination but they had told people if FijiFirst came into power through their support they were going to be looked after first.
Mr Bainimarama said he would continue with the developments in Vanua Levu.
“We will now look at the list and take developments to where it is really needed.”
He stressed that during the next four years many developments would be carried out through the nation and all would benefit.