Careers

Ex-Security Officer Graduates with Plumbing Qualifications

‘The income earned was used to cater for my family’s needs because my wife was unemployed and that was our only source of income’
05 May 2019 13:58
Ex-Security Officer Graduates with Plumbing Qualifications
Sevuloni Rogo (left) with the Toge Village headman, Asesela Nalago (right) after the Technical College of Fiji graduation ceremony at the Xavier College auditorium in Ba on April 3. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

 

For six years Sevuloni Rogo watched tradesmen moving in and out of Denarau and was expressly interested in their line of work.

At the time he was a security guard.

Mr Rogo knew that if he was to be a tradesman he would have to be trained in that line of work.

“Even though I struggled, I wanted to complete my education,” he said.

Even though the world threw many trials his way, he took on those challenges with clear perseverance and enthusiasm.

Through it all he harboured an interest to further his education and gain qualifications.

That dream was realised last Friday when the 40-year-old was among more than 300 students who successfully attained their certificates during the Technical College of Fiji graduation ceremony at the Xavier College auditorium in Ba.

Mr Rogo, who received his Certificate in Plumbing, said the tough challenges he went through made him stronger and heightened his will to look after his family and finish off his education.

“I was employed at Denarau in Nadi from 2008 to 2014 as a security officer,” he said.

“During my six years there, I watched tradesman come to work and do their job, this is where I gained interest.”

In 2014, he went back to his wife’s village in Toge, Naloto, Ba, to start vegetable farming.

“So from 2014 until 2017 I was planting and selling vegetables,” Mr Rogo said.

“The income earned was used to cater for my family’s needs because my wife was unemployed and that was our only source of income.

“It was very hard, but then I decided to come to school and further my education.”

Mr Rogo added he was content with his achievement and now plans to further his education.

He said he was extremely grateful to the villagers of Toge for their financial support while he was in school, the Government for realising the needs of low-income earners and the support from his family.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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