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Work Hard Remember Country: Ratu Naiqama

SODELPA president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu  has called on indigenous Fijians all over the world to remember their country of birth and the Vanua. “You can take a Fijian out of
11 Aug 2015 14:32
Work Hard Remember Country: Ratu Naiqama

SODELPA president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu  has called on indigenous Fijians all over the world to remember their country of birth and the Vanua.

“You can take a Fijian out of Fiji, but you cannot take Fiji out of a Fijian” Ratu Naiqama said in Australia where he is visiting.

His statement coincided with the International Day for the World’s Indigenous People.

He urged iTaukei to work hard and ensure they utilised their land to its full potential. He encouraged them to pursue education and get the best qualification they could pursue as it was the future.

“We need to work together. We are known for our communal lifestyle and for our good hearts. Let’s maintain that and ensure we open our homes to all who need us. Show them who we really are. That’s the only way we can overcome any differences in our country caused by politics,” he said.

Ratu Naiqama also called for the resolution of vacant chiefly titles.

“There are some titles that remain vacant. We need to finalise these and give our people direction in doing so. We must seek Christ’s guidance in leading the Vanua for it is only through him that we can achieve all things,” Ratu Naiqama concluded.

Meanwhile Ratu Naiqama has also applauded this year’s theme that focuses on the improvement of health services and its access by indigenous peoples.

“It is a timely reminder and we are looking forward to greater emphasis on these by Government,” he said.

“As Fiji joins the world in celebrating the International Day for the World’s Indigenous People, all Indigenous Fijians must take time to think of the journey we have come through as Indigenous people.

“It’s been a long journey fraught with trials and victories. Trials fought at the back of hope and an aspiration to prosper as a people and as a nation, to overcome perceptions that we are only for ourselves, and that by asking for what belongs to us, we are not seen as racists or antagonists.”

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