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‘Equality, Inclusiveness Vital for Nation Building’

The Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports,  Iliesa Delana, has emphasised inclusiveness and equality in the rural villages in Nadroga during his visit there this week. “I have noticed during
22 Aug 2015 09:40
‘Equality, Inclusiveness  Vital for Nation Building’
Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana (left), with Batiri villagers in Nadroga. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports,  Iliesa Delana, has emphasised inclusiveness and equality in the rural villages in Nadroga during his visit there this week.

“I have noticed during my visits that there are disabled people with special needs in almost every village in Nadroga,” Mr Delana said.

“They are being kept at their homes, lack proper support and are not welcomed to actively involve themselves in communal activities.

“Most of these people with disabilities are middle-aged and they can be part of almost everything, but it seems the stigma that prevailed in most rural areas prevented society from being inclusive – barring the disabled from almost all activities.

“It is vital that we include disabled people in all activities because they are part of our society.”

Mr Delana was at Vusama Village on Wednesday and met 32-year-old Sereana Kele, a disabled person with special needs.

Ms Kele has never uttered a word since birth and has problems walking and Mr Delana has offered to try and secure assistance from the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP).

Vusama Village headman Watisoni Bete said, “We are blessed to have the Assistant Minister to motivate us as to how we should treat the disabled members of our community and what they can achieve and contribute to our community.

“There are three disabled persons in Vusama including Sereana Kele and we will ensure that they are treated equally and fairly at all times.”

Mr Delana, meanwhile, told the villagers in Vusama that an international donor was interested in building a centre for disabled persons in Nadroga and Navosa.

“I have raised this with the provincial office to liaise with district councils as to which district in Nadroga would like to offer their land for this development. I hope that the province will realise the need for such development because this centre will cater for disabled persons and people with special needs and care,” he said. DEPTFO News

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