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Youths Forgotten, Claims Ratu Suliano

Youths Forgotten, Claims Ratu Suliano
November 18
08:44 2015

Opposition MP Ratu Suliano Matanitobua yesterday claimed an absence of significant funding for the National Youth Council and the provincial youth councils in Fiji.
“And so is the refusal of Government to fund job creation incentives and subsidies,” he said. Instead, the Opposition MP said Government was pumping money into the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF and on roads.
“It is ridiculous and lacks visionary leadership.” He said over the past decade under the interim government and now FijiFirst Government, the youths of Fiji had been used as political pawns.
“I am hopeful that our youths can see for themselves, the absence of any significant funding in the second FijiFirst budget for 2016, that the FijiFirst Government has a very low priority for their needs,” he said.
Ratu Suliano said even Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama did not consider the budget of Fiji’s youth important enough to warrant consideration for the second year in a row.
He said Fiji’s young people’s access to development funds were also very limited.
The funding allocation even to staff at the ministry, he said, was also limited and dispersed now among persons who would be called volunteers.
The Namosi chief said the youth development officers were not covered in the budget.
“Youths want a better and more aggressive approach to employment creation.
“We need to allocate more funds and resources to suicide prevention and anger management measures but instead these important matters, this budget seeks to fund the security of the FijiFirst Government.”

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