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The Spirit Of Christmas Is Definitely Here

Thanks to the charity of corporate donors and Government, Christmas is a positive and happy occasion for needy Fijians. As usual, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar,
24 Dec 2014 11:57
The Spirit Of Christmas Is Definitely Here

Thanks to the charity of corporate donors and Government, Christmas is a positive and happy occasion for needy Fijians. As usual, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, led the way.

Taking to the Suva streets, she spent time with beggars, ensuring that they were not forgotten this holiday season. Poverty alleviation is one of the pillars of the Voreqe Bainimarama-led Government.

It’s refreshing to see that Ms Akbar walks the talk.  Corporate organisations have also followed suit. Flour Mills of Fiji (FMF) decided to turn up at Qauia Village still recovering from recent floods to distribute gifts. Ten-year old Miria Sauku will remember that day for the rest of her life.

For her and for so many families, receiving gifts from well-meaning strangers, like the folks at FMF, will become cherished memories. Other families will be also celebrating a merry Christmas. The impending payout to eligible current and ex-Fijian police officers is also good news.

The outstanding sums of money that was supposed to be paid in 2004 after a job evaluation exercise, will be welcomed by the families, especially those belonging to officers who have since passed away. Retired Inspector Tevita Ralulu, deserves credit for petitioning the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General for the outstanding payments.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum have been quick off the mark to ensure ordinary Fijians get their just rewards. Just ask female pensioners who shared $2.4 million as backdated payment for women who worked in the civil service during the colonial era.

Discriminatory policies under British rule meant these women forfeited their retirements benefits accrued during their single years, when they decided to get married.

Then there’s the case of squatters at the Clopcott Subdivision in Ba, who will definitely be celebrating a Christmas like no other. The Attorney-General delivered 147 leases to the families yesterday.

Not only does this ensure land security for the families, but it has positive legal and financial implications. They can now access much-needed credit at financial institutions for development.

This Government means well. It is determined to address past injustices and ensure people’s lives are enhanced.

The Spirit of Christmas is definitely here. We are confident that 2015 will bring more reasons to celebrate life and charity as Fijians.

 




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