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Naiqamu Left Behind A Legacy That Many Cannot Achieve: Acting PM

The late minister Osea Naiqa­mu has left behind a legacy in Fiji’s forestry sector. He was described as a truly ‘hum­ble man of principle’ by the acting Prime Minister and Attorney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
30 Jan 2022 15:00
Naiqamu Left Behind A Legacy That Many Cannot Achieve: Acting PM
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum comforting the late Osea Naiqamu's wife, Ulukalisi Bale Naiqamu at Nawaicoba in Nadi. Photo: Mereleki Nai

The late minister Osea Naiqa­mu has left behind a legacy in Fiji’s forestry sector.

He was described as a truly ‘hum­ble man of principle’ by the acting Prime Minister and Attorney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

In his eulogy on behalf of the Government during the burial ser­vice yesterday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum shared that Mr Naiqamu’s kind­ness and humility attracted many to him.

Mr Naiqamu was laid to rest near his family home at Taunamasi, Nawaicoba in Nadi.

“To us it was a huge loss as a Member of Parliament. He was really a pioneer in terms of prin­ciples and values of the govern­ment,” the acting PM said.

“Through his work and service, eight million pine trees have been planted. He was hardworking and always committed to his work.”

“To the family, please accept our condolences and please under­stand that the legacy that your fa­ther has left behind was not some­thing many people can achieve.”

Mr Naiqamu’s eldest son, Ame­niasi Naiqamu broke down in tears when he shared that his fa­ther would not be present to wit­ness the birth of his first son next month.

He described his father as a ‘re­ligious person, a family man and loves to serve people.’

“Prayer was his life, that was why he was successful in whatever he did. He was a kind-hearted per­son and always helped everybody,” Ameniasi said.

Their home was never empty as his father had a heart of gold, Ameniasi added..

“We didn’t grow up alone. There were relatives who grew up with us. He always made sure that we all succeeded in life.”

Speaking on behalf of the vanua, Ilikimi Nawaqa said Mr Naiqa­mu’s life spoke volumes of his ser­vice to the Vanua, the church, the Government and his community.

Kilioni Mawa, who spoke on be­half of the Vanua of Cikobia in Vanua Levu where Mrs Naiqamu hails from, said they knew the love that the late minister had for his wife.

“We knew the dedication and the commitment he had for his wife and where she came from. He is a strong person with a big heart.”

The former Minister for Forestry is survived by his wife, five chil­dren and grandchildren.

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