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Inia Seruiratu Pays Tribute To All Mothers

The Minister for Agricutlure, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu was yesterday reminded of his humble upbringing in Kumi village, Verata Tailevu. He said: “I did
17 Oct 2014 09:59
Inia Seruiratu Pays Tribute To All Mothers
Minister for Agriculture inia Seruiratu at Parliament yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

The Minister for Agricutlure, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu was yesterday reminded of his humble upbringing in Kumi village, Verata Tailevu.

He said: “I did not have the opportunity to know my father, Mitieli Drugu Seruiratu, who passed away when I was very young.”

Mr Seruiratu said his family understood the challenges of having been brought up in a family of six children by a single mother, him being the youngest.

He said everyday was a struggle and not only for him and his other siblings, but moreso for a courageous and a very special woman who was a rock and role model.

“For the strength and bravery of that woman I pay tribute to all mothers in Fiji today.”

According to Mr Seruiratu, watching her wake up early every morning to prepare breakfast in an open fire and work every day to ensure there was always food on the table, was and would continue to be his motivation to work hard in life and more important, to serve underprivileged families and communities in Fiji.

After his primary education at Vunibokoi Primary School in Verata, he continued with his secondary education at Ratu Kadavulevu School. While there his leadership qualities were recognised and nurtured – he served as the headboy in his final year.

Having special interest in agriculture, he was first employed by the Native Land Developement Corporation in 1984 before joining the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in 1987 as an officer cadet.

“I do appreciate the training character development, exposure and experience gained during my twenty years of military service including a two-year posting with the New Zealand Defence Force as an Officer Instructor at the Office Cadet School in Waiouru and further training at the New Zealand Joint Command and Staff College in Wellington.”

He said the posting and training provided him the necessary skills, knowledge and exposure in international relations and diplomacy, strategic leadersip and management, joint operations planning and moreover, taught him to appreciate the sensitivities and cultural diversity.

Coupled with his tertiary education at Massey University, New Zealand,  Mr Seruiratu said his earlier grooming as a student leader at Ratu Kadavulevu School had prepared him well for this day.

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