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Rotuma Pledges Support For Bainimarama’s Government

The chiefs and people of Ro­tuma yesterday pledged their support for the Fiji­First Government. Gagaj Maraf, speaking on behalf of the Rotuma Council also apologised to the Prime Minister Voreqe
30 Oct 2018 11:21
Rotuma Pledges Support For Bainimarama’s Government

The chiefs and people of Ro­tuma yesterday pledged their support for the Fiji­First Government.

Gagaj Maraf, speaking on behalf of the Rotuma Council also apologised to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Government for the problems and differences they previously had.

Mr Bainimarama was in Rotuma yesterday to open the new $12.8 million 1400 metres chip-sealed pavement runway at Malhaha.

“I would like to reiterate our apologies towards the Government of the day for past events that had happened due to misunderstanding amongst the chiefs of Rotuma.”

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimara with residents on Rotuma. Photo: Charles Chambers.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimara with residents on Rotuma. Photo: Charles Chambers.

 

Gagaj Maraf said the council had travelled to Suva to relay its apology to Mr Bainimarama but he was not there.

“It is unfortunate that when we came to Suva, you were away in another country and we do hope that when you returned the message was relayed to you,” the Rotuman chief said.

“I would like to reassure you that the Rotuman community will always rally behind your Gov­ernment, the Bainimarama Government in try­ing to make Fiji a better Fiji. The General Elec­tion is just around the corner and with immense commitment that the Government of the day has made towards the development of Rotuma, I will no doubt say today that we all wish you another success in this coming election.”

Gagaj Maraf said he was certain that there would be joy in the hearts of the Rotuman community not only in Rotuma, but also in other parts of the world at the opening of the new runway.

Meanwhile, Rotuma Council chairman Gagaj Samuela Manav said:

“Today marks an iconic and exceptional mile­stone achievement in our history.

“This day shall be forever etched in our memo­ries and we forecast a promising future for the coming generations.”

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the great visit, kind assistance, support and vision of the Government of the day and we are very grate­ful to the Prime Minister and his administration.

“On behalf of the districts of Rotuma and our people I wish to sincerely thank you for all the hard work you have been doing for the betterment of the nation and Rotuma.

“Rotuma welcomes you with open arms.”

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a talanoa session at Rotuma. Photo: Charles Chambers.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a talanoa session at Rotuma. Photo: Charles Chambers.

 

Meanwhile, Mr Bainimarama travelled to the Government Station after the opening and wit­nessed a number of houses with the FijiFirst ban­ner draping over the side.

He met with army engineers building the new Rotuma Hospital.

Edited by Percy Kean



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