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Resign, Taxis Tell NFP’s Ram

SHEIK DEAN NADI The Fiji Taxi Association wants its general secretary, Rishi Ram to keep his promise and to resign from his post in order to contest the 2014 General
02 Aug 2014 08:13

SHEIK DEAN
NADI

The Fiji Taxi Association wants its general secretary, Rishi Ram to keep his promise and to resign from his post in order to contest the 2014 General Election.
Association president Mohammed Hafiz said he had distanced himself from recent comments made by Mr Ram on the use of transparent stickers by the FijiFirst party on taxis.
Mr Hafiz said FTA executives were not consulted before Mr Ram went public with his statements alleging negligence on the part of the Land Transport Authority in dealing with the matter.
Authority chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva accused Mr Ram of using the association for his own political agenda. Mr Hafiz said the association would not condone Mr Ram’s action.
“As far as the association is concerned, we disassociate ourselves from the claims made by Mr Ram. We did not approve his statement, neither did we have any discussion.
“Mr Ram did advise us that he wants to contest the September 17 general election and was asked to resign from his post after he is selected as an NFP candidate,” he said. Mr Hafiz wanted Mr Ram to keep to this promise to resign.
“These kind of statements are degrading the image of the association,” he said. He said taxi drivers had the freedom to modify their vehicles which include advertising political party stickers. He said the drivers followed the rules and regulations.
“We are not opposing the use of political party stickers on the rear windscreens of taxis and we do not involve ourselves with any political party,’’ Mr Hafiz said.
“The Land Transport Authority has cleared the air because the stickers are transparent. There is no obstruction to the drivers and from outside it looks like a sticker with a picture, but from inside it is clear.
“The FTA is a stakeholder of LTA and we value our relationship. He should not use the association to raise his political ego,’’ Mr Hafiz said.
He urged members of the public not to link the association with any political party. Mr Ram had accused LTA officers of not stopping illegal operators from using FijiFirst stickers.
When approached for comments, Mr Ram declined saying, ‘its better if we leave the matter alone.’’
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