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Ono-i-Lau Backs PM

Villagers of Ono-i-Lau have pledged their support for Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama and his FijiFirst Govern­ment. They made the pledge on the basis of the Government assistance, par­ticularly the free
26 Feb 2018 13:31
Ono-i-Lau Backs PM
Doi village on Ono-i-Lau on February 19, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

Villagers of Ono-i-Lau have pledged their support for Prime Minister Voreqe Baini­marama and his FijiFirst Govern­ment.

They made the pledge on the basis of the Government assistance, par­ticularly the free school fees, free text­books and free Weet-Bix and milk.

They have also found that the FijiFirst Government keeps its promises.

In the 2014 general election, Mr Bainima­rama received only three votes from On­olevu District School polling station, one of the three polling booths on the island. Ro Teimumu Kepa (SODELPA) polled 84 and Dr Jiko Luveni (then FijiFirst) originally from Nukuni Village on the island scored 19. In the other two polling stations, only Ro Teimumu and Dr Luveni featured. From the three polling stations the total number of votes were: Ro Teimumu 133, Dr Luveni 94 and Mr Bainimarama 3.

Lau was told by their chiefs to vote for Ro Teimumu but the mood on Ono-i-Lau has changed.

Motokana Village headman, Josefa Na­dovo, said past Governments used to make false promises.

“We want the Bainimarama Government to remain because they have made our lives easier. They never break what they promise to villages unlike the other past govern­ments,” Mr Nadovo said.

“Past leaders would visit the villages, lis­ten to what we say and smartly take notes but no action was taken.

“Actions speak louder than words, this is why we are want to see the return of the FijiFirst Government. We are tired of the false promises of the past.”

Doi village headman, Mataika Pasi, echoed similar sentiments.

“We cannot wait for election day to vote for the Bainimarama Government,” Mr Pasi said.

“The Government of the day does not dif­ferentiate people.

“They have lifted the living standard in the village with the free education schemes and many others.

“Imagine if he (Mr Bainimarama) runs for another four years, Fiji would be able to achieve greater things,” he said.

Onolevu District School committee presi­dent, Solomone Colati, said since free edu­cation was introduced, the living standard in the village had been lifted.

“All the children in the village are able to attend school,” he said.

“Before, there were lot of cases of school dropouts in the village. Now with the free education scheme, there are fewer cases of school dropouts.

“Also, most children did not know what Weet-Bix was. Now they know what it is. Thanks to the Government. Children in these islands are able to eat what children in the main islands are eating.

“This is why we are voting for the FijiFirst Government.”

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