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Use Knowledge To Empower Your Future: Qiliho To Natabua

Use Knowledge To Empower Your Future: Qiliho To Natabua
Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho presents parade commander Samuela Vateitei the Baton of Honour during the passing out parade on July 21, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers
July 22
09:42 2017

Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho yesterday warned cadets at the Natabua High School pass out parade in Lautoka not to follow the wrong crowd.

“The reason as to why those in your age group are becoming crime statistics is that they simply followed the wrong crowd and emulate what they have seen,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

The Police Commissioner was addressing the 1100 cadets and over 1000 spectators at Natabua High School grounds in Lautoka during the annual Cadets Review Parade.

“You are living in a time where information is power,” Brigadier General Qiliho said.

“This is something you should be well versed with through your school motto, “In Scientia Forti-tudo – In Knowledge Lies Strength.

“What you choose to do with the information you gain, can either empower you or bring you down.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho told the students that knowledge and what transpired around the world was at their fingertips and the opportunities that were being offered by parents and the Government was to help them prepare for their future.

He said with all these opportunities available, it was sad to receive criminal reports involving students in their age group.

“We can’t help but feel pity that they have chosen the wrong path in life,” he said.

“Yes we are Police officers and our main focus will be the maintenance of law and order.

“But we are also fathers and mothers and when we encounter a child who has found him or herself on the wrong side of the law, we sympathise with them and their parents.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho said he was not referring to petty crimes such as pick pocketing, but serious crimes such as rape, sexual assault, aggravated robberies and serious assault.

He also acknowledged and congratulated NHS for being crowned the Boys Champions for the 2017 Coke Games.

“When it comes to the Coke Games, there’s never a right or wrong time to acknowledge a win, because you have earned the bragging rights for the entire year, so congratulations once again!”

“The cadet programme is designed to inculcate a new sense of discipline, obedience and respect for authority.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho told parents of the cadets that it was imperative that they did not allow their children to seek counselling from any other source.

“We also need to walk the talk and ensure that what we are preaching to them is reflected in everything we do.”

He said everyone was now living in a society where children were being influenced by technology and social media.

“By living a disciplined life you have excelled in both academic and sporting competitions.”

“Discipline was a key ingredient resulting in Natabua High School being crowned the 2017 Coke Games Boys Division winner.”


Natabua High School List of Awardees:

Outstanding Bandsman – Joji Lagi;

Outstanding New Cadet – Inoke Cakautini;

Outstanding Senior Cadet – Joeli Tagicakibau;

Outstanding Junior NCO – Natasha McGoon;

Outstanding Senior NCO – Joeli Tora;

Outstanding Officer – Navitalai Moceiwai;

Best Non Rifle Platoon in Drill Female – Hotel 3 (Platoon Commander) Selai Kolitagane;

Best Non Rifle Platoon in Drill Male – Echo 2 (Platoon Commander Shalvani D;

Best rifle Platoon in Drill Female – Foxtrot 1 (Platoon Commander Adi Lusi Drikalu;

Best Rifle Platoon in Drill Male – Charlie 1 (Platoon Commander )- Jone Savou;

Best Company in Drill – Delta (Company Commander)- Alisi Ravitu;

Baton of Honour – Samuela Vateitei



Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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