Celebrate a united Fiji

By Maikeli Seru The President of the Republic of Fiji Islands was adamant when he made the call yesterday for all Fijians to be united and to be positive in
11 Oct 2012 10:32

The Fiji Flag was flying high as thousands turned up to celebrate Fiji Day at Albert Park yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

By Maikeli Seru

The President of the Republic of Fiji Islands was adamant when he made the call yesterday for all Fijians to be united and to be positive in the face of many challenges in line with this year’s Fiji Day theme of ‘Celebrating a United Fiji’.
“If we were to study the relationship that existed between our people at the community and the village level, we would have found that the majority of our people related very well with one another. We would have found that our people had big hearts and were very caring,” Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said.
“Fiji was not referred to as ‘The Way the World Should Be’ for no reason. The world saw an island paradise filled with an interesting combination of people who were very friendly and accommodating. The world saw the good in us.”
He said we now had a Government that was not obligated by the urges of only a certain section of its voters, but by the spirit and the determination to do what was right for everyone – all Fijians, without exception.
“We have a clear vision, real values and very clear, realistic and achievable goals.
“All these, and more, are contained in the People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress and the Roadmap to Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development.
Ratu Epeli urged the people of Fiji to press forward and open the doors of opportunity so that they could rebuild a Fiji that was non-racial, culturally vibrant and united, well- governed, inclusive and truly democratic.
“People often comment on how things can or need to be changed and then just sit around, waiting, fully expecting the government of the day alone, to deliver the goods. We need to change that mind-set and become proactive and say firmly, “how can I or how can we, work with you to actively contribute to moving Fiji forward.
He said each one of us had a special role to play in helping to re-build our nation.
Leaders from all walks of life needed to be effective and visionary.
He reiterated on the need for leaders with progressive vision that was motivating, inspiring and most importantly unifying leaders who were role models and who could make firm and fair decisive decisions.
“Parents – you have to be always there for your children to raise them with family values and teachings that will last a life time.
“To you the youths and young adults – the future leaders – you are our hope for the future and you will have to learn to shoulder the responsibilities of steering this nation to greater heights.  You have the strength, the time and the dynamism of youth on your side to make those responsibilities achievable.
“I remind you all that Fiji is blessed with an abundance of resources that can and must be fully utilised. Put them to good and lasting use for all Fijians and for our beloved nation – Fiji,” Ratu Epeli said.
The celebration yesterday started with a march through Suva City to Albert Park where a military parade was held and a 21 gun salute observed to mark the occasion.
The Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, president of Kiribati Anote Tong, Government ministers, members of the Diplomatic Corp, invited guests, children, and members of the public attended the Fiji Day celebrations in large numbers at Albert Park yesterday.

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