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Put Aside Politics

Put Aside  Politics
December 05
14:42 2015

Timoci Natuva yesterday urged people to put aside their political differences and work together to develop their resources.

The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence was referring to politicians and their supporters.

He made the remarks when he closed the Naitasiri Festival at Syria Park, Nausori.

 “It doesn’t matter whether you support FijiFirst, Fiji Labour Party or any other political party; what matters the most is that we should put aside our differences and work towards building our nation and the province,” he said.

“Development will only come if we work together. We need each other’s support to make changes, changes that will help our future generation. We should learn to help each other and stand up for each other in trying times.”

 He said there were four members of Parliament from Naitasiri.

“Two are in Government,” he said.

Mr Natuva and Alifereti Nabulivou (also Naitasiri Provincial Council chairman) are in the FijiFirst Government. Ro Viliame Kiliraki and Aseri Radrodro are SODELPA MPs. The four put aside their differences and supported the fundraising drive. Ro Kiniviliame and Mr Radrodro gave their personal donations when they opened the festival on Thursday. Mr Natuva and Mr Nabulivou did the same yesterday. The money raised will go towards a scholarship fund.

More than $100,000 was expected to be raised yesterday as it closed.

Mr Natuva said: “As parliamentarians, we are representing not only the people of Fiji but mainly where we come from, we are representing our identity and culture; we hope as parliamentarians to be the voice of the Naitasiri people to the Government; our duty is to fight for our people and make sure that their voice is heard.”

Mr Natuva also advised the people of Naitasiri to make use of their resources.

“Take advantage of Government schemes. We (Government) are committed to assist people on how to use their land.

“We provide financial assistance through those schemes. But it depends on the individual of how they use them.

“Change your mentality and stop being lazy; start utilising your resources for sources of income,” he said.

Mr Natuva also pointed out the importance of maintaining the culture unique to the people of Naitasiri and the iTaukei people as a whole.

“Stop trying to live a life that is not yours and maintain your culture and identity. Know your status in your villages.”

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