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Government Pays Tribute To Ratu Joni

  Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama led a Government delegation yesterday, to present their i reguregu to the family of the former Vice President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi on Bau Island. Amongst
07 Oct 2016 11:00
Government Pays Tribute To Ratu Joni
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote leading the Government delegation to present their ireguregu to the family of the late Roko Tui Bau Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi on Bau Island. Photo: Ron Vave/ Facebook

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama led a Government delegation yesterday, to present their i reguregu to the family of the former Vice President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi on Bau Island.

Amongst those in the delegation were the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote, some Government Ministers, Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho and other senior Government officials.

In an earlier statement by Mr Bainimarama said : “He was a man who struggled honestly to help Fiji come to terms with the issues of equality and modernity that Fiji has embraced.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to Ratu Joni’s wife, Adi Lusiana, to all of his loved ones and to the Vanua and I offer my gratitude, on behalf of the Fijian people and Government  for the dedication and service Ratu Joni gave to our nation.”

Ratu Joni will be accorded State honours for his funeral on the island of Bau today.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) joined others yesterday as they extended their condolences to the family and friends of  former Vice President na Turaga na Roko Tui Bau, Ratu Joni.

USP vice-chancellor and president, Professor Rajesh Chandra, said Ratu Joni placed special emphasis on education and was one of the first leaders to recognise the role education played in encouraging inclusiveness and equality in Fiji.

In a statement by Professor Chandra, he said Ratu Joni had served the University’s largest member country Fiji, as well as Nauru, with honesty and dignity and had greatly valued equality, justice and fairness.

“He was also well known in the wider Pacific region, serving on the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the wake of the ethnic tension there,” Professor Chandra said.

He said the University treasured many of Ratu Joni’s written works including a book written by him on Indigenous issues: A personal perspective.

This is part of their Pacific Collection at the University.

“Ratu Joni, through USP, launched his book A Personal Perspective in 2008, which is a compilation of his speeches and writings on education.

“His speeches reflected the essence of local culture and pride, which made him a very significant role model for the younger generation.

“He was a true son of Fiji for his contributions towards the development of Fiji in many areas who insisted that indigenous rights and fundamental rights are mutually dependent and neither can exist without the other.”

Professor Chandra added that Ratu Joni would be remembered for his distinguished career and outstanding personality, especially by the staff and students of USP for his strong contributions and belief in a robust education system.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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