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Editorial: He Is Back And It’s No Surprise He Is With The People

F\rom New York to Nabouwalu, to the Immaculate Conception Primary School and College in Solevu and Ratu Luke Memorial School in Bua, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has not missed a
21 Jun 2017 11:00
Editorial: He Is Back And It’s No Surprise He Is With The People
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with students and teachers of Ratu Luke Memorial School on June 20, 2017. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu

F\rom New York to Nabouwalu, to the Immaculate Conception Primary School and College in Solevu and Ratu Luke Memorial School in Bua, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has not missed a beat.

After the hectic schedules of the United Nations Ocean Conference and subsequent climate change meetings, he returned to Fiji in time to watch the Flying Fijians narrowly beat Italy 22-19 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Then he was off to Vanua Levu. Yesterday he attended three engagements in Bua.  After the top level meetings in New York, where he put on admirable performance as co-host of the Ocean Conference, Mr Bainimarama had no problems switching back to local engagements.

He was chatting to the local community from the young to the old. The students were drawn to him for group photos and found out for the first time that he was easy to talk to. They found him simple, down to earth, cheerful and funny. He is in his own element when among children and it showed clearly yesterday. He enjoyed every minute he spent with students at the two schools.

Earlier, he showed at Nabouwalu that when it comes to serious issues like water problems, Mr Bainimarama would express his honest feelings.

He has called on the Water Authority of Fiji to look into the water issues at  Nabouwalu.

Mr Bainimarama heard that water standards in the Bua district were not 100 per cent clean.

He said he could not understand why nothing had been done to fix the water problems because it was not the first time they had been raised with him.

Nabouwalu cannot be declared a town if the water woes continue to exist. Mr Bainimarama has given the order that it be fixed. We can now expect the relevant authorities to take take immediate action.

In his talanoa session, he covered several issues affecting the local people. It’s in these personal contacts and exchanges that people see his love for the people.

He does not want anyone missing out and that everyone enjoys the benefits of developments initiated by the Government.

While he was overseas, some rival politicians were criticising the time he spent away. They said he should be here attending to local issues.

Well, he did not waste any moment when he came back. It’s difficult to fault Mr Bainimarama when he goes on the road or by boat to visit these rural places and schools.

Everyone knows he  is back by these visits. He is at home when he is with the people.

NEMANI DELAIBATIKI

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

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