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Party President Outlines Initiatives

The National Federation Party has outlined a list of initiatives it will undertake if it forms the next government after the general election later this year. Chief among these initiatives
29 Jul 2018 11:29
Party President  Outlines Initiatives
Supporters during the NFP Convention at the AD Patel College in Ba yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The National Federation Party has outlined a list of initiatives it will undertake if it forms the next government after the general election later this year.

Chief among these initiatives is a proposal to reduce the salary of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers by 25 per cent.

“Then an independent committee will set up to review everything,” said party president Pio Tikoduadua as he addressed party members and members of the public at the NFP’s annual general meeting at the AD Patel Grounds in Ba.

Other initiatives announced included the zero interest rates on the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme Scholarship (TELS), which Mr Tikoduadua said would really assist many graduates.

“We will be freeing up students from their debts,” he said.

“You do not have to be taking up the burden of paying because it takes a long time to pay back.”

Another initiatives targeted ex-servicemen and senior citizens of the country.

“We want to give them a fair benefit of what the nation is enjoying,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“I’m happy to announce our new policy for veterans, ex-service men and returning soldiers.

“This will be to increase their monthly pension with a 50 per cent increase from current rate of $200 per month to $300 per month.”

Mr Tikoduadua said that they would still continue with the current initiatives by the FijiFirst Government.

However, he said, the NFP would come up with new and improved ways of doing things.

Mr Tikoduadua raised a few concerns as well.

One major concern, he said, was of young graduates moving to urban centres or migrating overseas in search of jobs.

“We should create the economy everywhere so that people do not have to move,” he stated.

Mr Tikoduadua said the major challenge faced by the young people was the failure to think for themselves.

“The worst challenge for the young people is that they only know one way to think,” he said.

“This is the way the Government tells them to think.”

Mr Tikoduadua believed that the young minds were being controlled by the Government.

“This is the biggest fear I have for the future of our young minds,” he added.

The former senior military officer and Cabinet minister said he was expecting change in the coming days.

Edited by Epineri Vula

yogesh.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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