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Bulou Naitoko, The Heart And Soul Of The Fijian Mission In Brussels, Shares Yauvoli

Originally from Dravuwalu, Naceva, Kadavu, she passed away while serving the Fijian Mission in Brussels on January 2 after a short illness.
26 Jan 2021 09:01
Bulou Naitoko, The Heart And Soul Of The Fijian Mission In Brussels, Shares Yauvoli
Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Voreqe Bainimarama (right), Mary Bainimarama (left) and Bulou Naitoko’s sister Rusila Baleisuva Dradra at the family’s Nepani home on January 25, 2021. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

The late Private Secretary of the Head of the Fijian Mission in Brussels, Bulou Naitoko Baleisuva was the heart and soul of the Embassy.

This was the sentiment shared by Ambassador Amena Yauvoli while speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a moving funeral service for Ms Baleisuva yesterday.

Originally from Dravuwalu, Naceva, Kadavu, she passed away while serving the Fijian Mission in Brussels on January 2 after a short illness.

Mr Yauvoli said Ms Bailesuva began her career in the civil service on January 29, 2002.

He said she was posted as private secretary to the Head of Missions Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Brussels, Belgium on January 2, 2008.

He added that in that capacity, she served three heads of missions: Ambassador Ratu Seremaia Tuinausori Cavuilati, the late Ambassador Peceli Vocea and current Ambassador Deo Saran.

“Ms Naitoko was the heart and soul of the Fijian Mission, she has served her country well and has left a lasting legacy,” Mr Yauvoli said.

“She is the longest serving staff in the Mission while many have come and gone, she was a dedicated civil servant,” he said.

“She was engaged in her work despite declining health.

“Naitoko upheld ethics and was exemplary in her service, she would be the last one to leave the office daily but the first one to be spotted in the office every morning.”

Mr Yauvoli said she was one of the key players that ensured Fiji’s presidency during COP23 was a success.

“I remember a time during Fiji’s presidency at the COP23 in 2017, she was not seen as she was the lady in the background ensuring that everything ran smoothly.

“She understood the importance of Fiji’s presidency and in ensuring that a taste of Fiji was on the show. From meeting rooms, to the Fijian pavilion, the bilateral spaces, the talanoa dialogue spaces and all, she made sure that the Fijian delegation was well attended to.

Speaking on behalf of Ms Baleisuva’s family, Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Jone Usamate acknowledged Mr Bainimarama for allowing Ms Baleisuva’s body to be flown over to Fiji.

“The people of Natawalevu are eternally grateful to the Government for having the fortitude and the generosity on flying Bulou Toko’s body back to Fiji,” Mr Usamate said.

“Government has recognised the exceptional work of one of its servants, someone that has served the Government and the people of this country to her utmost.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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