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Guide Our Young, Serua Elders Told

The Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana, has urged the elders of Namasimasi Village in Serua to be role models and provide timely and effective guidance to their
13 May 2015 08:53
Guide Our Young, Serua Elders Told
Namasimasi village headman Damatino Tikovala receives his certificate from Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana, at Namasimasi, Serua. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sports

The Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana, has urged the elders of Namasimasi Village in Serua to be role models and provide timely and effective guidance to their young people.

Mr Delana was at Namasimasi to close a week-long multi-skills training, organised by the Ministry, for youths of Namasimasi, Namuamua and surrounding villages of Namosi and Serua provinces.

“Our youths are prone to influences from the outside world that will always affect their public conduct and being effective members of your community,” said the Assistant Minister.

“It is your duty as elders to provide timely and necessary advice to guide them towards success.

“They are to be motivated to value the richness of their natural resources that if fully utilised, it will bring them prosperity.”

Namasimasi village headman Damatino Tikovala said: “Our young people are genuine villagers and all they know is farming.

“However, they are easily attracted to foreign influences which sometimes unsettled our peaceful co-existence as a community. But they are hardworking farmers and a dalo exporter from Navua comes to our village every Wednesday to buy dalo from the youths.”

Mr Delana assured the youths and elders in Namasimasi “that the ministry can and is ready to provide financial literacy and other related trainings to help improve their skills and knowledge and provide empowerment.”

He has also urged the youths to use idle lands and pursue farming as a source of income to help develop their village and sustain their livelihood.

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