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Concrete Solutions Cement PM’s Leadership

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem, the maxim goes. It reflects everything Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stands for. He recently tweaked the
24 Jan 2015 10:21
Concrete Solutions Cement PM’s Leadership
The recent TV saga showed that there is a bigger picture at play for all Fijians

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem, the maxim goes. It reflects everything Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stands for. He recently tweaked the management structure at the PMs Office.

The result? A rapid response unit of sorts, to meet the needs of ordinary citizens. The Prime Minister hates delays in delivering on his election promises. That’s why he was apologetic about the delay in providing free milk to Year One students. He has been assured that it will ready as soon as possible.

The Prime Minister makes no bones about what his political objectives are. He wants every Fijian to be afforded the dignity of access to essential services and reasonable living standards.

Understandably, he gets frustrated with people who don’t share his views. The Opposition, in particular, has been slated for their obsession with petty issues. One of them has been the recent furore over the falling out at Fiji Television. That two executives have left that media organisation is besides the point, he insists. The bigger picture is that more Fijians get to watch their national 7s team perform on the international sports stage as part of the World 7s Series.

Modus operandi

On the other hand, the Opposition’s modus operandi for addressing the needs of this country is tantrum-driven.

Like spoilt children and rebellious adolescents,  they reject the privileges afforded to them by the well-meaning citizens of this country. They refuse to articulate their concerns in the public space of Parliament when the going gets tough. Voters will remember the Social Democratic Liberal Party’s (SODELPA) decision to boycott the address by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, last year. Voters will also remember the Opposition’s walkout during the Budgetary debate last year. It gets worse.

While the Prime Minister and his team were out assessing and serving the needs of all Fijians, the Opposition was busy complaining about how much money they were allocated for the running of their office. They have a major perception problem. They are more interested in their own navels and not in serving the needs of this country. G.K Chesterton’s words apply to them, “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.”

No apologies

The Prime Minister offers no apologies for his tunnel-vision for serving the needs of all Fijians. This approach is bound to cause consternation with Fijians more used to the ‘malua fever’ and procrastination of old.  In a matter of a few days this week, the Prime Minister has opened two health centres, a maternity wing and an Irish crossing in the Western Division. These will provide tangible benefits to the relevant communities. This is solution-driven leadership at its best.

The Prime Minister and his Government recognise that Fiji is still fraught with infrastructural, economic and relational problems. Unlike the Opposition they are determined to provide solutions, no matter the naysayers.

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