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‘Big’ Island Treat

The government delegation visiting Rotuma was accorded one of the island’s top traditional welcome ceremonies yesterday. The delegation led by the Commissioner Eastern, Luke Moroivalu included the Assistant Minister for
13 May 2015 11:45
‘Big’ Island Treat

The government delegation visiting Rotuma was accorded one of the island’s top traditional welcome ceremonies yesterday.

The delegation led by the Commissioner Eastern, Luke Moroivalu included the Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and National Disaster Management Joeli Cawaki and Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea.

Mr Cawaki will be the chief guest for the Rotuma Day celebrations today.

The delegation was accorded the Mamasa (full Rotuman welcome ceremony for those visiting the island for the first time) at the Government Station in Ahau upon arrival by villagers of Itu’tiu District.

Mr Moroivalu said the purpose of the trip was to attend the Rotuma Day and to conduct the Government roadshow where islanders could access, gain information and help on government services.

“The Rotuma Day is a very significant occasion celebrated by the people of Rotuma. It is always officiated by the Prime Minister or another prominent Government official,” Mr. Moroivalu said.

Rotuma Day is celebrated annually on May 13.

Mr. Moroivalu said the roadshow was an effort and commitment in providing services to rural Fiji.

“Rotuma is one of the remote islands of Fiji and Government is committed to taking services to Rotuma just like other remote islands and villages in Fiji,” he said.

Services that can be accessed today include the registration of birth, death and marriages, registration of Tin Letter, National Employment Centre’s seasonal workers scheme application, service by various financial institutions, the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and other line ministries and statutory bodies.

Meanwhile, this is also Mr Moroivalu’s first tour to Rotuma as Commissioner Eastern.

“I was Divisional Officer Rotuma at one time and this is my first visit back in Rotuma in 15 years. It would be good for me to see Rotuma and get to know the issues that the people are facing,” he said.

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