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Rebuild, mend bridges for Fiji

By LITIA MATHEWSELL ‘We have shown disrespect to our moral values and equal disrespect to the existence of our own neighbours. As citizens of this post-independence era, we have a
10 Oct 2012 09:02

Fiji spirit ... Bernadette Whippy celebrates Fiji Day with her family in Cyprus. Fijians around the world including Cyprus have organised Fiji Day activities.

By LITIA MATHEWSELL

‘We have shown disrespect to our moral values and equal disrespect to the existence of our own neighbours. As citizens of this post-independence era, we have a real say in the future of our country, a future that we can shape peacefully for the benefit of the people and new generation.’
This was the underlying message of the Permanent Secretary for Sugar, Lieutenant-Colonel Manasa Vaniqi, at the national Fiji Day Western celebrations in Lautoka yesterday, where he presided as chief guest.
While addressing hundreds of Independence Day well-wishers at Churchill Park, Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi said there had been growing disrespect for the weak and elderly in the community and he highlighted the necessity to rebuild and mend bridges across the divide irrespective of race, color and creed.
“The current Government has clearly mapped out a realistic path as a roadmap to true democracy and future governance. It has therefore widely disseminated the 11 key pillars for rebuilding a united Fiji for all; a Fiji that is to be free from racial hatred and discrimination of any kind; a Fiji that cares and embraces everyone regardless of political background or ethnicity,’’ he said.
Lieutenant-Colonel Vaniqi said Government had mapped changes to introduce in its reform programmes in an effort to make real changes in public administration and programmes that would improve the social and economic conditions across the country, especially in rural areas.
Yesterday’s programme included hundreds of school students, stakeholders and civil servants from the Western Division, including the Tui Vuda, Ratu Eparama Kitione Tavaiqia and his wife Adi Senitiki Nava.




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