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Vuniwaqa In North Celebration

Government is for the people; irrespective of their ethnic background, religion, gender or political allegiance, says the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Mereseini Vuniwaqa. She made the statement during
10 Oct 2015 13:06
Vuniwaqa In North Celebration
From Left: Nasea Methodist Church Reverend Noa Turaganivalu, Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Labasa Tourism Association President Paul Jaduram, Special Administrator of Labasa and Savusavu Town Council Vijay Chand and Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea cutting the cake to mark Fiji Day celebration at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Government is for the people; irrespective of their ethnic background, religion, gender or political allegiance, says the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

She made the statement during the Fiji Day celebrations at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday.

“Fiji has come a long way since the Instrument of Independence was given by Prince Charles in 1970. But as we celebrate today, it is not only a time of reminiscing the past 45 years as a sovereign national, but also looking forward to what the future holds,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

The theme for Fiji Day celebration is ‘Together in Harmony for a Prosperous Fiji’.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said Government was committed to serving the people of Fiji.

She said the nation needed to work together in harmony, putting aside difference and moving forward for a better Fiji for the future generation

“As a nation we have gone through a lot since the change in our political landscape in 2006, but we have shown great resilience by overcoming many difficulties associated with this change.

“We have witnessed our first truly democratic election last year in September which, for the first time, the citizens of this nation were not confined along racial lines and existing constituency boundaries.

“Discriminatory policies undertaken by previous governments prevented us to achieve a more orderly political evolution and integration, but also continuity and economic progress.”

She said Government, in its endeavour to boost economic activity in the Northern Division, had undertaken to improve infrastructure development like the Nabowalu to Labasa Highway.

This, she said, would attract potential investors and business ventures in the North. She thanked the men and women who have served the country through the Government, disciplined services, business sectors, communities and other working areas.

Commissioner Northern Joseva Vocea said the theme was dedicated to celebrating Fiji’s achievements, encourage patriotism and nation- building and to promote Fiji’s hopes for the future.

He said it illustrated the need for individuals to overcome their differences and focus on what people had in common and what united them.

“The theme had been chosen to lift the vision of the nation as we move forward in this country,” Mr Vocea said.

“Too often the focus has been on reconciliation and unity and this only accentuates our differences and what divides us.

“With this theme, we all need to rise above our differences and focus on what we have in common and acknowledging what truly unites us as one people.

“What we do have in common is our heritage which is our nation and our people, our experiences which is our triumph in the face of adversities.” he said.

He said the Government calls for patriotism today.

After the official programme the staff of Judicial Department of Labasa delivered four decorated Fiji Day cake each to Labasa School for Special Education, Babasiga Ashram, Labasa Hospital’s Children’s Ward and Post Natal Ward.

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Government is for the people; irrespective of their ethnic background, religion, gender or political allegiance, says the Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

She made the statement during the Fiji Day celebrations at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday.

“Fiji has come a long way since the Instrument of Independence was given by Prince Charles in 1970. But as we celebrate today, it is not only a time of reminiscing the past 45 years as a sovereign national, but also looking forward to what the future holds,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

The theme for Fiji Day celebration is ‘Together in Harmony for a Prosperous Fiji’.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said Government was committed to serving the people of Fiji.

She said the nation needed to work together in harmony, putting aside difference and moving forward for a better Fiji for the future generation

“As a nation we have gone through a lot since the change in our political landscape in 2006, but we have shown great resilience by overcoming many difficulties associated with this change.

“We have witnessed our first truly democratic election last year in September which, for the first time, the citizens of this nation were not confined along racial lines and existing constituency boundaries.

“Discriminatory policies undertaken by previous governments prevented us to achieve a more orderly political evolution and integration, but also continuity and economic progress.”

She said Government, in its endeavour to boost economic activity in the Northern Division, had undertaken to improve infrastructure development like the Nabowalu to Labasa Highway.

This, she said, would attract potential investors and business ventures in the North. She thanked the men and women who have served the country through the Government, disciplined services, business sectors, communities and other working areas.

Commissioner Northern Joseva Vocea said the theme was dedicated to celebrating Fiji’s achievements, encourage patriotism and nation- building and to promote Fiji’s hopes for the future.

He said it illustrated the need for individuals to overcome their differences and focus on what people had in common and what united them.

“The theme had been chosen to lift the vision of the nation as we move forward in this country,” Mr Vocea said.

“Too often the focus has been on reconciliation and unity and this only accentuates our differences and what divides us.

“With this theme, we all need to rise above our differences and focus on what we have in common and acknowledging what truly unites us as one people.

“What we do have in common is our heritage which is our nation and our people, our experiences which is our triumph in the face of adversities.” he said.

He said the Government calls for patriotism today.

After the official programme the staff of Judicial Department of Labasa delivered four decorated Fiji Day cake each to Labasa School for Special Education, Babasiga Ashram, Labasa Hospital’s Children’s Ward and Post Natal Ward.

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