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Just l=Like Our Rio Gold, Let’s Aall Be United: President

  Just as the spirit of unity was demonstrated in our first gold medal in Rio, the President has urged for it to be demonstrated in all other facets. Major-General
13 Sep 2016 11:05
Just l=Like Our Rio Gold, Let’s Aall Be United: President
President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote, Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto,Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni at parliament yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

Just as the spirit of unity was demonstrated in our first gold medal in Rio, the President has urged for it to be demonstrated in all other facets.

Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said: “The nation calls on you to do all you can to harness the spirit of our Olympic win and to tap the wonderful sense of unity that has descended on our beloved Fiji, to leave aside petty squabbles, rivalries, division and grandstanding for personal and political gain, to use this Parliament as a force to propel us forward to the greatness we glimpsed in Rio and which with Almighty God’s help, will be our nation’s future.”

Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said this while officially opening the 2016-2017 Parliament session yesterday.

“At this halfway mark – the equivalent of half time in a rugby or football match – it is appropriate for me as your Head of State to not only outline the Government’s legislative programme for the coming year but for all of us to take stock of our performance so far; to review the progress we have made as a Parliament and as a nation over the past two years; and to reflect on ways in which we can improve our quality of service to the Fijian people.

“Because it is to them that we owe our allegiance as Members of Parliament, and in my case, as President and whose interests we have solemnly sworn to uphold.

He added as the Head of State it was his duty to outline Government’s legislative programme for the coming session.

“In the 2016 Parliamentary session, new laws will be introduced – and existing laws reviewed – in the following areas: Quarantine; patents; industrial designs; trademarks; traditional knowledge and cultural expression; public health protection; secured transactions; pensions saving; the subdivision of land; town planning; elections; credit unions; electronic transactions; the transplantation of human organs; anti-doping laws; the registration of practicing engineers; and residential tenancy.

He said the review of the legislation included the: The Public Order Act; the Police Act; the Arbitration Act; the Housing Act; the Public Enterprises Act; the Stamp Duties Act; the Land Transport Act; the Consumer Credit Act; the Sale of Goods Act; the Bankruptcy Act; And the Customs Tariff Act.

“The Parliament will also be asked to review the United Nations Electronic Communications Convention for ratification,” Major General (Ret’d) Konrote said.

“Let us all be worthy in public life of the ordinary men and women who have put us here, have given us their trust and to whom we owe our ultimate duty, our ultimate loyalty.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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