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Tikoduadua Departs With A Plea

Former Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Pio Tikoduadua made an earnest plea with the more than 300 ministry employees who bid him farewell at the Public Works Department Depot in
16 May 2015 10:17
Tikoduadua Departs With A Plea
Former Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Pio Tikoduadua (left), recieves a farewell gift from new Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar at the Ministry’s depot in Walu Bay yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Former Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Pio Tikoduadua made an earnest plea with the more than 300 ministry employees who bid him farewell at the Public Works Department Depot in Walu Bay yesterday.

“If there is something you want to give me as a send-off gift, I would ask you to continue to do the work I had promised the people,” Mr Tikoduadua pleaded.

He had handed in his resignation letter on Monday to the Speaker to Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni. He had stated his reason that he was suffering from an advanced form of cancer and that he wanted to spend time with his family and people in Delasui, Tailevu.

He was given a Fijian traditional send-off  before being presented with a token of appreciation by the new Minister, Parveen Kumar, on behalf of the ministry.

Fiji Electricity Authority’s chief executive Hasmukh Patel in his speech said the ministry had certainly lost a good leader and wished him the very best in his next phase of life.

“Last year we had all assembled here after the election to welcome our minister and it is very unfortunate that only nine months later we would all gather again here to farewell him,” Mr Patel said.

“The Honourable Pio Tikoduadua owns some of the greatest qualities I personally wish I could have and believe we all can learn from his ways. A man who is a good listener, analyser, humble and as far as the FEA team is concerned, the ministry will surely miss a great man,” he said.

Mr Tikoduadua said he was happy to be their minister and reminded them that he was not dead yet and still had a few more years on his timeline to live.

“I took up the decision with my family since my line of work involves a lot of stress, it wouldn’t be a wise choice to stay knowing my condition as I would like to live longer to see my daughter get married,” he said.

He was accompanied by his wife Sereana Diula, the new Minister for Infrastructure Parveen Kumar and his new Assistant Minister Vijay Nath.

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