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Development ‘Brings Change’

Development ‘Brings Change’
Members of the Tailevu Provincial Council during their meeting in Nausori yesterday. Photo: Aqela Susu
April 23
08:08 2015

There has been a huge change in the thinking of people in rural areas because of the implementation of new developments, says

Commissioner Central Ratu Meleti Bainimarama.

Speaking at the opening of the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting in Nausori where he was chief guest yesterday, Ratu Meleti said these developments influenced and changed the way people think, lived and speak especially the youths.

The shift, he said, also impacted Fijian customs and traditions and how the iTaukei respected their elders in the community.

“Not only do you have to be careful about the change in paradigm, but you also have to be mindful of the fact that people living in the villages are very different people to those who lived there 20 years back before the advent of the mobile phones and the internet,” Ratu Meleti said.

“Therefore it is important to listen to the advice and leadership of our leaders in the iTaukei community.”

As the Divisional Commissioner, Ratu Meleti said he hoped the two-day meeting would provide a platform for district representatives to understand the development programmes being implemented by Government.

“They have to work with that and they cannot go back to the village and expect the people to work according to the norms 20 years back. Everything has changed,” he said.

Ratu Meleti advised district representatives present at the meeting to accept the benefits of developments taking place in their villages. However, he cautioned them to be aware of the consequences it could bring along.

Member of the media attending the meeting were told only the opening ceremonies were open to them, but not the meeting proper.

The meeting continues today at Ratu Cakobau House in Nausori and is chaired by Josefa Seruilagilagi.




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