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Good Memories To Take: Smith-Johns

‘I am leaving with a heavy heart,” said Permanent Secretary for the Department of Information and National Archives, Sharon Smith-Johns. Ms Smith-Johns tendered her resignation yesterday after four years of
29 Oct 2014 11:45
Good Memories To Take: Smith-Johns

‘I am leaving with a heavy heart,” said Permanent Secretary for the Department of Information and National Archives, Sharon Smith-Johns.

Ms Smith-Johns tendered her resignation yesterday after four years of her service to the department, formerly the Ministry of Information.  Both the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama acknowledged her contributions and were thankful for her services and hard work.

“Sharon Smith Johns has played an important role in the transition to our new democracy in Fiji and carries our very best wishes for the future,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“Sharon has been a trusted colleague during some of the most testing periods in our recent history and I personally want to thank her for her dedication and loyalty,” the Prime Minister said in a separate statement.

Ms Smith-Johns does not have any immediate plans but was open to any new opportunities.

“It’s been a challenging four years for us with the ups and downs but we have achieved a lot as a department,” she said.

“I am proud of our achievements and the staff and I am taking a lot of good memories as well as experience with me.

“I had the full support and worked with so many good journalists and I have a good relationship with the media and I am glad about it.”

She said the media became a part of her life and hoped that she had somehow contributed to moving the nation forward.

“It is difficult to leave but then there is a point in time when you realise that it was time to move on, so here it is for me to move.”

When queried about her resignation Ms Smith-Johns said it was voluntary.

“Of course it was a voluntary resignation, I am thankful for the Prime Minister and the Minister for Information for their kind words to be and I am thankful for the wonderful opportunity that was honoured to me,” she said.

Her resignation was announced by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday.

Feedback:  farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj



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