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IN PARLIAMENT: All Fijians Are Migrants: Usamate

  Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate says all ethnic groups in Fiji are migrants. In his response to the Presidential address in Parliament yesterday, Mr Usamate
15 Sep 2017 10:15
IN PARLIAMENT: All Fijians Are Migrants: Usamate
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate in Parliament on September 14, 2017. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

 

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate says all ethnic groups in Fiji are migrants.

In his response to the Presidential address in Parliament yesterday, Mr Usamate said with or without the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC), chiefs in Fiji we are still well respected.

He said whenever he attended a traditional or community sitting, he would know where to sit and what to do.

He said the communities were taught to abide by certain rules and the GCC would not make any difference.

“Remember that the GCC by the way was a creation of the colonial masters to keep the indigenous population in control, is our history and it is in the past. That is what happened,” he said.

He said people still went about speaking their language and worshiping as they wished and they continued to do what they normally did.

He said the iTaukei were the majority in Fiji but everyone must remember that every single ethnic group in Fiji are migrants and the iTaukei were migrants too.

“Fiji is for all of us as a strong Fiji, is an inclusive one. Where we do the best we can for all Fijians. A united Fiji is a stronger Fiji”.

Meanwhile, Mr Usamate also questioned the Opposition Members if they had ever heard of Fiji’s Build Back Better programme?

Mr Usamate raised the question concerning Government’s rehabilitation efforts after Cyclone Winston on February 20 last year which devastated schools, homes and structures which prompted the Government to erect stronger buildings with the Build Back Better programme.

He said that for the past few days Opposition Members were talking about ‘what they say are delays in rehabilitation’!

“Have they not heard about Build back Better? Do they not realise that the one of the major reasons we had so much destruction is that many of those buildings were not built right in the first place,” Mr Usamate said.

He said the Fijian Government intended to conduct the rehabilitation properly and would not do a careless job just for political gain.

“We will do what is best for Fiji, because that is what this Government is here for–we will build back better,” he said.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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