SODELPA Names More Provisional Candidates

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has officially announced the names of more provisional candidates who will contest this year’s general election. The names were announced by party leader and
01 Jul 2018 11:25
SODELPA Names More Provisional Candidates
SODELPA Party Leader Sitiveni Rabuka before the start of the SODELPA meeting at Namoli Village in Lautoka, on June 30, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) has officially announced the names of more provisional candidates who will contest this year’s general election.

The names were announced by party leader and provisional election candidate Sitiveni Rabuka during the SODELPA Annual General Meeting at Namoli Village in Lautoka yesterday.

Mr Rabuka reminded the candidates of their duty to the people, the party and their respective constituency in getting the job done.

“They have faith in you,” he said.

The names released were Jese Saukuru, Nacanieli Waka, Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua, Pauliasi R Matawalu, Mitieli Bulanauca, Ratu Atonio Lalabalavu, Niko Nawaikula, Simione Rasova, Mere Samisoni, Anare Jale, Inia  Qereqeretabua, Nemani Bulitavu, Adi Narayan, George Shiu Raj, Ezekiel Sharma, Arvind Deo Singh, Reverend John Kata, Inosi Kuridrani, Viliame Gavoka, Aseri Radrodro, Peceli Rinakama, Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Jope Koroisavou, Ropate Ligairi, Salote Radrodro, Berenado Daveta, Pio Tabaiwalu, Kitione Vuetaki, Daniel Urai, Anare Vadei, Lynda Tabuya, Jiosefa Dulakiverata, Simione Drole, Uraia Salababa, Malakai Nalawa, Ro Teimumu Kepa, Mikaele Leawere, Semesa Karavaki, Tanya Waqanika Adi Litia Qionibaravi, Ratu Jone R Seniloli, Ratu Isoa Tikoca and Sitiveni Rabuka, Mr Rabuka said.

He wished them all the very best on behalf of SODELPA heading closer to the upcoming general election.

Loans  turned to scholarships

On education, Mr Rabuka said: “A SODELPA government will remove the tertiary loans scheme operated by the Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Board established by the Bainimarama Government, convert existing loans to scholarships and offer scholarships to all tertiary students who wish to study.”

Mr Rabuka said his former SVT government started the tertiary free education, which was further extended by the Laisenia Qarase SDL Government and then extended by the Bainimarama Government.

“Development is the duty of every government and as the nation progresses more and more developments and benefits could be extended to the whole nation by successive governments.

“There will be no more tertiary student loans.

“A SODELPA government will remove the student loan scheme and replace it with a scholarship scheme for all citizens who wish to study and who are admitted to courses which meet the human resource needs of the nation.”

Mr Rabuka said a SODELPA government would convert all existing loans to scholarships, meaning it would not be repaid.

“But students will serve a bond, which is a requirement to work in Fiji for the duration of their term of sponsorship, all that will be required is that students meet the pre-requisite qualifications for the courses and receive offer letters from the tertiary institution.”

He said scholarships would be offered to areas of priority of the government, meaning areas where Fiji required certain professions and trades to benefit the nation.

Mr Rabuka then added the current travel ban on students/guarantors who are not repaying their loans was also a breach of their human rights.

“Travel restrictions should not be imposed by civil servants or a statutory body like the TSLB, but only by the courts given it is a limitation of the freedom of movement of our people,” he said

SODELPA party members converged at Namoli Village for their AGM and to show their support for their party in the upcoming general election. Edited by Epineri Vula

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