Letters To The Editor: 13th February, 2019

Gambling Arrest and Valelevu Health Centre renovation
13 Feb 2019 10:45
Letters To The Editor: 13th February, 2019

Gambling arrest

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

We are told that more than $50,000 cash was seized during the raid conducted by Police in a nightclub at Victoria Parade, Suva.

We are also told that six Fijians and 43 Asian nationals were among those arrested and taken in for questioning at the Police Special Response Unit. (FS 11/2).

Should we be surprised?


Valelevu Health Centre renovation

Satish Nakched, Suva

It is pleasing to note that major renovation work is currently in progress at the Valelevu Health Centre and after completion it will be able to provide a faster and better service to the general public.

I believe that since this is a major work a lot of planning and time was devoted to this project by the architects and the engineering team to ensure that all the activities are completed within the allocated time, budget and its compliance with the other legislation.

One of the critical aspect of the project that I believe was completely ignored was how will the health centre provide service to the sick during the renovation phase.

Currently a makeshift shed with rusted corrugated iron sheets placed on a few of the wooden rafters which are supported by weak timber posts. The floor of the temporary shed is made out of ply

board that is badly declining towards the Nasinu Road side and is shaky.

There are about 13 benches placed for the people to sit on which can accommodate about 65 patients.

This places the floor planks under enormous pressure and they may collapse.

The rusted corrugated iron roofing is not nailed to the wooden rafters but simply held down with pieces of wood placed over it to provide weight.

I believe that it is an offence to build any structure whether it is permanent or temporary within the municipal jurisdiction without a permit and must comply with the National Building Code of Fiji and the Nasinu Town Planning requirements.

We are in the middle of the cyclone season and the authorities have created a hazard that can cause injuries or fatality should the shoddy structure collapse.

It is estimated that more than 900 people visit the Valelevu Health Centre daily and the exposure level of the risk is huge.

Before any accidents occur this gross negligence must be eliminated and I do hope that the good minister will intervene for the safety of the general public.


Congrats, Ratu Epeli

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau being Speaker of the House of Representatives was no surprise. With a career that speaker

volume and his chiefly status I had no doubt Ratu Epeli was the best choice.

Brigadier-General Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, CF, LVO, OBE, MSD, KStJ , (born 5 July 1941) (often referred to as Na Turaga Mai Naisogol- aca) is a Fijian chief who was President of Fiji from 2009 to 2015.

He has had a long career in the Military, diplomatic service, and government. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives – the lower and more powerful chamber of the Fijian Parliament.

He was also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Appropriations Committee and of the House Committee. On 8 January 2007, he was appointed the interim Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade; he was moved to the post of interim Minister for Provincial Development and Multi-Ethnic Affairs in September 2008. In October 2008, he became Indigenous Affairs Minister “and effectively Great Council of Chiefs chairman”. On 17 April 2009, he was appointed Vice-President by the Military government.

On 30 July 2009, he became Acting President after the retirement of President Josefa Iloilo.[4] On 5 November 2009, he was sworn in as President of Fiji. George Konrote was elected to succeed him in October 2015.

Wishing Ratu Epeli Nailatikau the best of being the Speaker to Parliament.

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