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PIO – An Example Of Proud iTaukei

Pio Tikoduadua says he is a proud iTaukei, a living example of why the Opposition is fundamentally wrong in its claims. The Leader of Government Business in Parliament and Minister
18 Oct 2014 09:05
PIO – An Example Of Proud iTaukei
Year 11 History students of Adi Cakobau School with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama outside Parliment yesterday. They were acknowledged by the Speaker of the House Dr Jiko Luveni during Parliament session yesterday. The tour was part of an educational session on Government and democracy in Fiji and the students also took time to pose for photos with other Government ministers and family members. Photo: Jona Konataci

Pio Tikoduadua says he is a proud iTaukei, a living example of why the Opposition is fundamentally wrong in its claims.

The Leader of Government Business in Parliament and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport said in his right of reply and maiden speech in Parliament yesterday that he came from a humble beginning.

“I certainly started out as disadvantaged like tens of thousands of Fijians of all backgrounds. But with hard work and determination – and not some accident of birth – I have fought my way up and earned the privilege of serving my country at the highest levels of Government,” he said.

“My own experience has taught me that we iTaukei don’t need more advantages than other Fijians. We already have them by having the most important assets in Fiji – our people and our land. Some people opposite argue that iTaukei land is sacred. I agree with that premise because I share their view that land is a creation of God.

“But God’s intentions tells us that it is only sacred if it is used for the purpose of benefitting humankind and his progress.

“Not to sit idle but to be utilised, as in the ‘Parable of the Talents’. It’s what we do with the land that really matters.

“As the Honourable Prime Minister has said, we don’t need hand-outs.

“We need leg-ups. And my own life is the perfect example of where leg-ups can transform an ordinary person’s life.

“I come from the most humble of origins, born in considerable hardship to a single mother who is still alive in the village of Navunisole in Korovou, Northland, Tailevu. Her name is Senoveva Ranadi and I want to pay tribute to her before the nation today for her love and support.

“I also want to pay tribute to my grandfather and mentor, Moisese Radokana, who toiled on Tailevu Dairy Farm in Korovou until he was 75-years-old to enable me to go to school at the Natovi primary and secondary schools. It was a sacrifice for which I will be ever grateful. My grandfather taught me the value of prayer and hard work.”

He said: “Opposition members parroting the same old negative chant – of the iTaukei people threatened when they’re not, Christianity threatened when it’s not. An opposition bereft of positive ideas and no concept of how to take us forward as one people, one nation, one Fiji.”

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