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Acting PM Blasts Opposition For Criticism

Acting PM Blasts Opposition For Criticism
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum standing fourth from right,with students at the Outrigger Walk for Kids 2018 at the Sigatoka Special School on April 21, 2018: Photo: Waisea Nasokia
April 23
13:39 2018

 

“It was very morally demoralising in Parliament this week when one of the members of Opposition asked why the Government consults school children in the Budget consultations. It goes to show there are still people within our society who do not value our youth.”

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has again hit out at the Opposition over its performance in Parliament.

He made the remarks on Saturday. during the Outrigger Walk for Kids 2018 at the Sigatoka Special School

He said: “I cannot help but say this. It was very morally demoralis­ing for me this week in Parliament when one of the members of Oppo­sition asked us as to why do we go and consult school children in the Budget consultations.

“It goes to show that there are still people within our society who do not value our youth.”

Fifty per cent of the entire popu­lation is below the age of 27, 70 per cent is below the age of 40.

“I think it is a very wrong attitude to have because these young people with special needs or without spe­cial needs are part of the future and we need to invest in our future to empower them with knowledge,” the A-G said.

“We need to invest in them by way of giving them access to informa­tion and facilities because by do­ing so we are making our country much stronger and even provid­ing them a much better future for them.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum reiterated that the Government would con­tinue to look at avenues to assist persons with disabilities.

The Government had recently rat­ified the United Nations Conven­tion on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“As a society we are only as good as how well we treat those who need assistance,” he said.

“If we do not bring people who are on the margins of society to the centre then we are not a very good society or we are not a moral and ethically driven society nor do we have that sense of humanity.

“We must have that level of ac­ceptance and tolerance and be able to dedicate ourselves to those with special needs.

“You can rest assured that Gov­ernment will do its part.

“We now have a disabilities law in Fiji that makes it mandatory upon Government and other actors with­in the State to carry out various re­sponsibilities to ensure that we are able to cater for those with special needs,” he said

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

waisea.nasokia@fijisun.com.fj

 

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