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Yes, We Have Reasons To Celebrate

Raise the Fiji flag today in the name of unity and prosperity   Every Fijian across the globe has more than one reason to celebrate this year’s national day of
09 Oct 2015 10:30
Yes, We Have Reasons To Celebrate
Human face painted with flag of Fiji

Raise the Fiji flag today in the name of unity and prosperity

 

Every Fijian across the globe has more than one reason to celebrate this year’s national day of independence.

Yesterday celebrations started in a number of special schools in the central division. Today four centres around the country will hold celebrations.

45 years ago, Fiji gained political independence from British rule. While it hasn’t been all smooth sailing, Fiji has shown resilience in the midst of adversity – politically, economically and socially.

We now have a common name uniting us all and, at last, equal citizenry and true democracy.

There are many good reasons why we should celebrate.

Stamping our mark as the true leader in the region is another.

We have shown that while we appreciate the assistance of Australia and New Zealand’, we will no longer be beholden to them.

We have shown that we will speak out about issues that matter to us – for instance climate change.

This is another reason why we should celebrate. Our total freedom from the shackles of our colonisers. Including those they also colonised, and who in turn became colonial rulers, like Australia and New Zealand.

We have shown that we are able to genuinely punch above our weight on the world scene.

The roll-out of Government plans to improve infrastructure throughout Fiji is to be celebrated. Similarly with the emphasis on a “smart Fiji”, through education and technology development and opportunities.

It is a day to ponder on our achievements and also reflect on our past. Acting permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s office Naipote Katonitabua told students at the Nausori Special School yesterday that the objective of this year’s celebrations are to celebrate our achievements, encourage patriotism and nation building and promote hope for the future.

With the theme “Togetherness in Harmony for a Prosperous Fiji”, Fijians expect nothing less.

Today will also be extra-special as we welcome home the local-based Vodafone Flying Fijians and team officials.

Happy Fiji Day everyone!

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