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Government’s Timely Visit Praised

Youths and villagers of Yaqaga Island in Bua have praised Government for a timely visit through the Ministry of Youth and Sports. On Tuesday, the Minister for Youth and Sports,
26 Jul 2018 11:00
Government’s Timely Visit Praised
Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou (sitting-fourth from left) with the men and women of Yaqaga Island in Cakaudrove.

Youths and villagers of Yaqaga Island in Bua have praised Government for a timely visit through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

On Tuesday, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitu­bou, was on the island to talk about the opportunities available through the ministry’s programmes.

Village headman Nacanieli Matai­ka said: “Government representa­tives coming down and visiting us gives us a feeling of self-importance and self-worth.

“It indicates to us that we are im­portant and what we say matter.”

During a talanoa session, Mr Mataika took the opportunity to share with the minister some of their needs and constraints.

He said they also had some out­reach programmes planned, but carrying them out would be costly.

He also said they now had plans to register with the ministry so that they could benefit from the pro­grammes available.

Addressing the villagers and youths, Mr Tuitubou said: “So we are here because we want to sit down with you, listen to your ideas and grievances and see how the ministry can assist your group.

“We have programmes that you can access and utilise, but this is only possible if you are registered with the ministry.”

At the meeting the minister reiter­ated that Government’s principle of inclusiveness was to ensure the problems of the past, particularly the division of our people based on race, were not repeated to taint the future.

Mr Tuitubou applauded the club for the projects they carried out on the island.

The minister ended his seven-day tour of the maritime communities in the Northern Division on Tues­day.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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