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Resignation personal, says Saumatua

By MAIKA BOLATIKI “My resignation was for personal reasons” The former Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Colonel Samuela Saumatua revealed this to the Fiji Sun at
19 Jun 2013 10:31
Colonel Samuela Saumatua relaxing at his home in Lami Village outside Suva yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Colonel Samuela Saumatua relaxing at his home in Lami Village outside Suva yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

“My resignation was for personal reasons”
The former Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Colonel Samuela Saumatua revealed this to the Fiji Sun at his residence in Lami yesterday.
He said he had tendered his resignation last Friday to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The pressure at work was mounting and he admitted that because of the status of his health he had not been performing well.
“Remember that I don’t do things half way as this to me is not being faithful to my work and especially to the people I serve,” he said.
When asked if the sacking of the Nadi Town Council special administrator had anything to do with his resignation, the former Minister said that the decision was made and for him it was now history.

On his future plans
Asked about Politics, he said: “It’s too early to make any predictions about my political future but at the moment I have no plans to be involved in politics.”
A relaxed Colonel Saumatua said first and foremost he would undertake a de-stress programme to get his health back to 100 per cent.
“I’ll have a good rest for one month to get my health back to normal,” Colonel Saumatua said.
“But there is a military quote that says: ‘Soldiers die with their boots on.’”
Colonel Saumatua said his resignation did not mean he would just stay at home.

Support for Government intact
Colonel Saumatua also reaffirmed his support for the Government.
For him, he said he never ever dreamed he would become a Government Minister but had responded positively to the call by the Prime Minister to join his Cabinet.
He said he had carried out his ministerial responsibilities to the best of his ability and hoped his successor would continue from where he had left.
Colonel Saumatua said on his directive, a team in the Northern Division had worked on the Northern Corridor Master Plan
This master plan, will improve urban development and management growth with the Northern Division especially from Labasa, right up to Nabouwalu, including Savusavu Town.
A similar plan is also being developed by the Department of Town and Country Planning in the Western Division called the Western Corridor Master Plan.



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