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Bring On The New Year

It’s a great time to be Fijian, the optimists cheer for 2015! Given the problems the rest of the world is facing, we should be more thankful to our Creator
01 Jan 2015 09:25
Bring On The New Year

It’s a great time to be Fijian, the optimists cheer for 2015! Given the problems the rest of the world is facing, we should be more thankful to our Creator for our lives in Fiji. We have a visionary Government leading us and also an Opposition determined to make their voice heard. Perhaps, the Opposition’s New Year resolution should be to ensure their voice remains in Parliament and not outside by way of walkout. However, parliamentary democracy is truly alive and kicking in our beloved Fiji.

The major players have been acknowleged by this newspaper for their contributions in 2014 but here’s a shout-out to others.

  1. The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Engineers worked around the clock to ensure construction deadlines for schools, homes and roads were met, besides other notable projects. While most enjoyed their free weekends, they worked day in, day out to ensure the Government delivered on its promises to ensure a better standard of living for all Fijians. We salute them for their efforts. They certainly will continue their good work in 2015.
  2. Fijian peacekeepers: It was an eventful year for our troops in the troubled Middle East, with 45 held hostage then released by the Al-Nusra Front. They have kept their cool and displayed a level of professionalism that has been the hallmark of Fijians serving in the Middle East, be it in Golan, Iraq, Lebanon or Sinai.
  3. Rev Tuikilakila Waqairatu: Few church leaders have achieved so much in so little time. With his untimely death in February 2014, the late President of the Methodist Church had overseen reconciliation between factions was rooted in the political upheaval of 1987. Under his leadership the country’s largest Christian denomination confronted and denounced its own racist baggage. It is now perceived as a great force for good in this nation.
  4. Viniana Namosimalua, Secretary-General to Parliament: The former Secretary to Cabinet had big shoes to fill. Her predecessor, Mary Chapman’s term overlooking the parliamentary secretariat was a tour de force. However, Mrs Namosimalua rose to the occasion and provided able support to the Speaker of Parliament, Jiko Luveni and members of parliament. 2015 will be a busy year for her.
  5. Tiko Matawalu, President of the Nadroga Rugby Union. Under his outstanding leadership, the Stallions secured the HFC Bank Farebrother-Sullian Cup and the Skipper Cup in 2014. Other unions need to start taking notes from his playbook. All indications are that that Nadroga rugby will be bigger and better in 2015.

 

Bring on 2015 then. Happy New Year to one and all!

 

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