Fiji Sun https://fijisun.com.fj Leading Fiji newspaper for Fiji News, Sport and Pacific news Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:50:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.19 Mother, 8 Children Mourn Death Of Husband, Father https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/18/mother-8-children-mourn-death-of-husband-father/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/18/mother-8-children-mourn-death-of-husband-father/#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:50:53 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482934 A mother, who lost her hus­band in a road accident, has been in mourning with her eight children at their Vunisea Settlement home in Ra­kiraki.

Menani Momoivalu recalled the moments leading up to the fa­tal accident when her husband, Moce Naililiwalu, wanted to say goodbye on that fateful day before he headed to Ba.

Mr Naililiwalu, 56, a cane lorry driver and sugarcane farmer died on Friday morning near Barotu Village in Rakiraki after he alleg­edly lost control of the cane truck he was driving causing it to veer off the road.

An emotional Mrs Momoivalu said her husband called on Fri­day morning before he left for Rarawai Mill in Ba.

“Around 6am he got up had his shower and went to work,” she said.

“He called at 9am saying he wanted to speak to the kids and say bye to them.

“Little did I know that my chil­dren would be hearing from him for the last time.”

The late Mr Naililiwalu worked as a farmer for more than 20 years.

 

The truck which was driven by the deceased.

The truck which was driven by the deceased.

 

“Being the only bread winner of the family he always ensured we were looked after, especially our children,” Mrs Momoivalu said.

“The funeral mass for my late husband will be held at the settle­ment on Friday, August 23, 2019.”

Police spokesperson, Ana Nai­soro said Mr Naililiwalu died at the scene of the accident.

He is Fiji’s latest road fatality, The road death toll now stands at 33 compared to 46 for the same pe­riod last year.

READ the Police report here

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Moore: Weather Hinders Road Work Completion Along Lami. More Delays https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/18/moore-weather-hinders-road-work-completion-along-lami-more-delays/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/18/moore-weather-hinders-road-work-completion-along-lami-more-delays/#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:44:13 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482940 The Fiji Roads Authority has lost four days of road repair works on the Queens Road between Nadonumai and Lami because of unfavourable weather.

In light of this, works that were expected to be completed today have been further extended to the end of this week, weather permit­ting, says chief executive officer Jonathan Moore.

“The one thing that rain does se­riously affect is sealing – we have lost at least four days in the past week due to heavy rain,” he said.

“We were planning to seal today (Saturday) but it would have been wasted had we done it.

“We will be keeping off the road during peak hours but there could be congestion during the day.

“The FRA would prefer to lay the asphalt at night because the asphalt plant is not permitted to operate after 5pm and not before 8am.”

The road will continue to be re­duced to a single lane from 9am to 3pm and from 8pm to 5am daily to allow works.

Earlier, last week the authority advised of the travelling delays that would occur as a result of the repairs.

It stressed that this would eventu­ally become a long-term benefit for road users.

In a release the authority said: “We have repeatedly advised the general public through a public advisory that for certain periods in dry weather the road will be temporarily reduced to a single lane and a full traffic management will be present on site to guide mo­torists safely through the site.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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Anand Urges Youths To Make An Honest Living https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/18/anand-urges-youths-to-make-an-honest-living/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/18/anand-urges-youths-to-make-an-honest-living/#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2019 01:50:28 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482880 Virlesh Anand says selling sweets is better than sell­ing drugs. He has encouraged youths to go into busi­ness to make an honest living.

The 38-year-old has been selling sweets at his stall since he was only 12 years old.

Mr Anand said operating his stall had allowed him to put three of his children through school and cater for his family expenses.

“It was my father’s business and he had been here for 30 years before I took over and continued selling for him and we expanded to providing sweets for weddings,” he said.

He sells beans, peanuts, barafi, jalebi lakari, ladoo, gulab ja­mun, bhaji and other assorted sweets and snacks at his stall.

“Sometimes we have days when business is slow and I make around $100, but on a good week we can make around $400. Our busiest days are Friday and Saturday, especially, and when students come after school to buy our snacks and dur­ing festivals, “he said.

He said youths needed to explore the benefits of income generation by developing business ventures.

“I think more young people should be going into business rather than being in the streets selling drugs. If you want money you have to work hard even though nowadays the Government is helping, but that doesn’t mean you have to slack off,” he said.

“Even in the mornings I see some people receiving food packs from trucks and I have observed that they are fit enough to work like cut sugarcane to earn money, but they have become reliant on assistance or just sit in town and beg.”

Mr Anand’s uncle Kamal Sharma said he was proud to as­sist his nephew each day.

“We all have our problems, but that does not mean that you have to use that as an excuse to be lazy. I work a part-time job at a pineapple farm in Paipai, Vitogo near where I stay and cut cane sometimes,” he said.

Mr Sharma chose to focus on being positive.

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10 People To Appear In Nadi Court For Allegedly Disobeying Police https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/18/10-people-to-appear-in-nadi-court-for-allegedly-disobeying-police/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/18/10-people-to-appear-in-nadi-court-for-allegedly-disobeying-police/#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2019 00:35:37 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482919 Ten people including three women will be produced at the Nadi Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with allegedly disobeying police.

The ten were arrested by a joint operation team of officers from the Nadi and Namaka Police Stations on Saturday morning (August 17, 2019) at various locations.

The suspects were allegedly found drinking in public places and when directed to disperse refused to do so resulting in their arrest.

The suspects are aged between 21 and 48-years old and all have been charged with one count of disobedience of lawful order.

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Alleged Murder-Suicide Victims Laid To Rest https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/alleged-murder-suicide-victims-laid-to-rest/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/alleged-murder-suicide-victims-laid-to-rest/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 06:15:48 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482913 Hundreds gathered in Namosau, Ba this morning to pay their final respects to a 34-year-old father and his two sons who were allegedly involved in a murder-suicide case.

The incident took place in a quite farming settlement in Ba earlier this week.

The funeral service for the three was also attended by the Minister for Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala.

The father and his two sons were later cremated at the Varoka Cemetery in Ba.

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EDITORIAL: Our PM, The ‘Buoy That Keeps The Nets Afloat’ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/editorial-our-pm-the-buoy-that-keeps-the-nets-afloat/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/editorial-our-pm-the-buoy-that-keeps-the-nets-afloat/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 05:48:15 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482864 Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has been described as “a buoy that kept the nets afloat” when talks began to breakdown on the final day (which dragged late into the night) of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu.

Mr Bainimarama reminded other Pacific island leaders that this was their time to make a difference.

This was his first time back with the forum after a lapse of more than 10 years.

Like other Pacific island leaders, the need to col­lectively voice their concerns to the ‘bigger Pacific brothers’ about our climate-vulnerabilities was vital.

It’s a fight some have deemed as unattainable given corporate and global pressures – the call to the world to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Or as put aptly by the late Tony de Brum of the Mar­shall Islands: “1.5 to stay alive”.

This same call was again highlighted by Mr Baini­marama during his keynote address at the Sautalaga event.

For Pacific Island countries 1.5 is non-negotiable and all attempts to derail it in global forums will be resisted.

Sadly, when commitments were put to paper, Aus­tralia would not support the rest of the forum.

In a statement yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said that while there has been a great deal of agreement in Funafuti, it is clear that there are differences of opinion, emphasis and approach between the island nations and New Zealand, on the one hand, and Aus­tralia on the other.

But he is hopeful that Australia will soon make rap­id transition from coal to energy sources that do not contribute to climate change.

For Fiji’s “Vuvale Partnership” with Australia, keeping the conversation alive and working things out amicably is key.

What’s the use of such a relationship if a “vuvale” member stands by only to watch the other slowly fade away or drown?

Family or “vuvale” stand up for each other and fight on no matter what.

Mr Bainimarama was concerned that the differenc­es that came out of the final communique inevitably weakens the strength of the Pacific’s collective posi­tion.

He was disappointed that a consensus was not reached.

If holding the forum in Tuvalu, an atoll nation whose very existence is threatened by climate change was not enough, it’s doubtful that Australia will budge to any persuasion from Pacific island friends or family.

Even the welcoming party of children and adults wading through water at the Funafuti Airport to wel­come PIF leaders and delegates was enough to tug at the heart.

Not for Australia and Prime Minister Scott Morri­son.

Instead he chose to do a traditional dance with the Nui island communities called the ‘fatele’.

They too are threatened every day by climatic changes.

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Man Dead After Loosing Control Of Vehicle https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/man-dead-after-loosing-control-of-vehicle/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/man-dead-after-loosing-control-of-vehicle/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 05:08:43 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482908 A 56-year-old man from Vunisea Village, Ra is believed to be the latest road fatality victim.

The victim was driving a cane truck along the Nayaulevu Road, Barotu in Rakiraki when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle causing it veer off the road.

The victim died at the scene of the accident.

The road death toll stands at 33 compared to 46.

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More People In FNPF Fraud Case In Court https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/more-people-in-fnpf-fraud-case-in-court/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/more-people-in-fnpf-fraud-case-in-court/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 04:34:19 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482862 Four more people with for­mer employees of the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) and the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) for another case of alleged fraud against the Fiji National Provident Fund ap­peared at the Magistrates Court in Suva yesterday.

Former FNPF employee Jack Ed­ward Hiramatsu, 41, Former clerk of TLTB Adi Mara Rufina Qarani­valu, 32, Security officer, Mosese Tikotikoca, 45, customer service officer Asenaca Salusalu, 40, Na­val officer, Mataiasi Toa Masilaca, 35, and technician Jiuta Tukuna, 43, appeared before Magistrate Geethani Wijesinghe.

The six accused persons are alleged to have colluded to use forged Certificate of Titles to with­draw more than $31,000 from four of the accused persons FNPF ac­counts.

The alleged incident took place between June 7 and June 24, this year.

The charges:

  • Hiramatsu has been charged with five counts of forgery for allegedly forging various legal documents pertaining to the purchase of land.
  • Qaranivalu has been charged with one count of Forgery for allegedly forging Certificate of Title No. 19762.
  • Tikotikoca has been charged with one count of using forged documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception for allegedly obtaining $5,600 from the FNPF using forged documents.
  • Salusalu has been charged with one count of using forged documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception for allegedly obtaining $3,000 from the FNPF using forged documents.
  • Masilaca has been charged with one count of using forged documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception for allegedly obtaining $10,300 from the FNPF using forged documents.
  • Tukuna has been charged with one count of using forged documents and one count of obtaining financial advantage by deception for allegedly obtaining $12,200 from the FNPF using forged documents.

Police prosecutor Corporal Kalara Neisamu had filed full phase Disclosures to the court and the accused persons.

She did not object to the bail for Tikotikoca, Salusalu, Masilaca, and Tukuna, however, she sought for strict bail conditions.

She, however, did object to the bail of Hiramatsu and Qarani­valu, on the grounds that the two accused persons have been inter­viewed and will be charged for similar offences.

Defence lawyer for Qaranivalu, Tikotikoca, Salusalu, Masilaca, and Tukuna, told the court that the accused persons should be granted bail on the grounds that they were only interviewed and the charges were yet to be laid against them.

He sought the court’s liberty to grant bail to his clients.

Magistrate Wijesinghe remanded Hiramatsu at the Suva Remand Centre and Qaranivalu at the Women’s Prison.

She granted bail to Tikotikoca, Salusalu, Masilaca, and Tukuna on cash bail of $200 each and bail bond in the sum of $2000 each.

Their sureties were also ordered to sign a $2000 bail bond each.

Magistrate Wijesinghe ordered Tikotikoca, Salusalu, Masilaca, and Tukuna not to reoffend while on bail or else their bail would be revoked, not to change their residential addresses without the court’s permission, not to leave Viti Levu without the court’s per­mission, and to surrender their passports and travel documents.

She also issued a stop departure order against Tikotikoca, Salusa­lu, Masilaca, and Tukuna.

The matter was adjourned for Tikotikoca, Salusalu, Masilaca, and Tukuna to take their plea on August 30.

Magistrate Wijesinghe issued a production order for Hiramatsu and Qaranivalu to appear before her on Monday (August 19).

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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RWC 2019: Making It Happen, No Time To Waste For Flying Fijians https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/rwc-2019-making-it-happen-no-time-to-waste-for-flying-fijians/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/rwc-2019-making-it-happen-no-time-to-waste-for-flying-fijians/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 03:50:19 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482897 After the selection, comes great responsibility.
– A responsibility to the nation.
– A responsibility to work hard every single day.
– A responsibility to make things happen rather than hope.

These were the key points in Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee’s address following the naming of the Rugby World Cup squad at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.

McKee has named a strong squad for the showpiece event, which will be led by loose-forward Dominiko Waqaniburotu.

The coach has left out a few key names– such as Eroni Sau and Albert Tuisue – in favour of those that better suit the style he wants to see the team play.

However, McKee believes this squad stands the best chance of reaching the playoffs which for now remains the primary focus.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee during the Rugby World Cup team announcement on Friday August 17 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee during the Rugby World Cup team announcement on Friday August 17 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fijians open their campaign in 35 days against what appears to be a resurgent Australian side at the Sapporo Dome.
McKee’s side are the underdogs in that match-up but have enough talent to cause an upset and set the foundation for a solid campaign.

But beating the Wallabies will take more than just talent alone.

That one reason McKee has tried to ingrain a culture of hard work and discipline in the team throughout the build-up campaign.
He made references to that during the team announcement, saying: “With 36 (35) days left, we have time to do a lot of work but we don’t have time to waste.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu during the Rugby World Cup team announcement on Friday August 17 at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu during the Rugby World Cup team announcement on Friday August 17 at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva.

“Certainly for me, we must make sure that this group is not a group that wishes or hopes that things might happen; we want to make sure that we’ve got a group that works hard to make things happen.”
Against Australia, the coach wants to see the team up their intensity and surprise the tier-1 nation.

The Michael Chika-coached side meet the All Blacks today in Bledisloe Cup II, having impressively beaten the world champions last week.

It was a result that raised the anxieties of some Fijians fans and analysts, who saw Fiji’s narrow 8-3 win over Samoa as proof that McKee’s side have no chance against Australia.
There were even emotional calls for McKee to step down.

But the coach is choosing to focus on strategy and preparation rather than what the critics are saying.

Before the Australians, Fiji play Tonga at Eden Park, New Zealand, on August 31 in a double header that will also see Samoa play the New Zealand Heartland XV.

McKee said: “The next phase of our preparation will involve narrowing our focus into the type of game we want to play against Australia and probably spend more time on the specifics of that game.

“We also know we need to raise our intensity so we will be looking to raise our intensity in training to prepare us for the speed of Tier-1 test match rugby.”
McKee was joined at the conference by captain Waqaniburotu and Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor.

The captain took a moment to acknowledge the players not picked, thanking them for their time and sacrifice.

“It wasn’t easy letting go those that weren’t selected. I wanted to thank them and their families for their sacrifice and time for being with the team for the last few weeks,” he said.

Waqaniburotu will be tasked with leading a powerful forward pack that includes stars like Leone Nakarawa and Semi Kunatani, but also World Cup debutants such as Mesulame Dolokoto and Mosese Voka.

The 33-year-old’s experience and level-headed style will be a major factor in Japan, especially when things start to go wrong.

“It’s a great honour for me to captain this group. This is a special group. We are not perfect yet and we’ve still got a lot of things to work on but we still have four to five weeks to go and hopefully we can get there,” he said.

Edited by Osea Bola
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New Naduva Fired Up https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/new-naduva-fired-up/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/new-naduva-fired-up/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 03:32:58 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482893 Expect an improved performance from Fiji Airways Fijian 7s speedster Alasio Naduva when the 2019/20 World Sevens Series resumes in December.

This was after he married Vasiti Tuilau at the Christian Mission Fellowship’s World Harvest Centre in Kinoya, Nasinu yesterday.

Hundreds of families and friends were present to witness as the newly-weds, who met in Nadi last year, exchanged their vows.

Also in attendance were members of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad led by head coach Gareth Baber, team manager Jone Niurua and captain Paula Dranisinukula.

Naduva excitedly said: “This is a proud moment for me officially having the love of my life by my side.

“This will boost my preparation for the new 2019/20 Sevens Series.

“Through my wife’s support I will be able to lift my performance on the field to another level in the World Seven Series and prepare well for the Tokyo Olympics,” Naduva said.

Mr and Mrs Naduva and Kalione Nasoko.

Mr and Mrs Naduva and Kalione Nasoko.

Tuilau, 25, hails from Tubalevu, Namara in Tailevu with maternal links to Navatuyaba, Toga, Rewa and she vowed to give her husband her full support in the new season.

“I want to thank God, my families and friends for this special day.

“I will support my husband all the way this season and during his rugby career,” she said.

Baber congratulated the new couple.

“This is a fantastic occasion, Naduva spends so much time traveling around the world and now has a fantastic woman by her side and I know he will be very happy.

“He is respected in the group and congratulations to the both of them,” Baber said.

Naduva, 29, of Naweni, Cakaudrove made his debut in the 2017-18 World Sevens Series and has quickly established himself as one of the fastest players, hitting a top speed of 36km per hour suggesting that he is one of the world’s fastest rugby players.

He also plays for Army and Suva in the fifteens rugby as well.

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 Chief Gets Emotional As Villagers Access Safe, Clean Drinking Water https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/chief-gets-emotional-as-villagers-access-safe-clean-drinking-water/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/chief-gets-emotional-as-villagers-access-safe-clean-drinking-water/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 03:08:32 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482882 It was a historic moment for an emotional Turaga Na Ratu of Sawakasa as he saw his people drinking safe, clean water for the first time yesterday.

Ratu Paula Namosimalua Loco could not hold back his tears as he watched the Minister for In­frastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Jone Usamate commis­sion the joint rural water scheme project.

Minister Usamate opened the tap, drank from it and passed a glass of water to Ratu Paula to drink at Sawakasa Village.

“Our prayers have been an­swered,” the chief said.

“All my 70 years of living here, we have been sourcing our drinking water from boreholes and we really struggled.

“Today, I thank the Government and its leaders and we pray that God will continue his blessings upon them.”

Meanwhile, the rural water scheme project supplies water to three villages, a settlement and Lo­doni Primary School.

The project was an investment of $179,000.

“It’s an investment we are happy to make, because from clean water flow many benefits that keep us more productive and resilient to environmental hardships,” Mr Usa­mate said.

More than 800 people will benefit from the improved water system.

The project was part of Fiji’s Five-year and 20 years National Devel­opment Plan setting an ambitious target of the nation having 100 per cent access to safe drinking water by 2030.

Currently 78 per cent of Fiji’s pop­ulation have access to safe, clean water. Edited by Percy Kean

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Akshay Chand Follows In Father’s Footsteps https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/akshay-chand-follows-in-fathers-footsteps/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/akshay-chand-follows-in-fathers-footsteps/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 02:58:11 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482876 Akshay Chand yesterday fulfilled his dream of following in his father’s footsteps after he was sworn-in dur­ing the ceremony for new barristers and so­licitors at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

He studied at the University of the South Pacific’s Bachelor of Laws programme.

The 24-year-old said: “It is a proud moment for me and my family because I am the sec­ond lawyer in the family now.”

Mr Chand said he knew what he wanted to do when he started high school and hopes to open his own law firm.

“My plans are to learn as much as possible and perhaps move to New Zealand or Aus­tralia to open my own business.”

He was attached with Pacific Barristers and Solicitors in Nausori and Legal Aid Commission in Nasinu.

His father, Anil Chand who is the senior legal officer at the Legal Aid Commission said: “He has done it on his own. It was not much of my guidance but his mum was al­ways there to support him.

“It’s been a journey and it feels so good to see my child grow.”

Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar remind­ed the lawyers of their responsibilities.

“As lawyers you will have to solve prob­lems. You will be called upon to make deci­sions that will affect and change people’s lives.

“You must not forget that after being admit­ted to the Bar you are officers of the court.

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Hard Work Finally Pays Off For Youth Advocate, Luisa Tuilau https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/hard-work-finally-pays-off-for-youth-advocate-luisa-tuilau/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/17/hard-work-finally-pays-off-for-youth-advocate-luisa-tuilau/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2019 02:22:39 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482878 Luisa Tuilau stood proud as all her years of hard work culmi­nated into that one moment when she was admitted to the Bar as a legal practitioner at the High Court yesterday.

Ms Tuilau was among the 51 Uni­versity of the South Pacific students who were sworn-in as Barristers and Solicitors during an official ceremo­ny at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

She is originally from Namara, Tai­levu and completed part of her law programme in Vanuatu.

“Law had always been part of the pathway for me,” Ms Tuilau said.

“It has always been about bringing change, making a difference some­where.”

Ms Tuilau was also one of the 60 young people from across the Com­monwealth to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in 2016 for her exceptional work in the community.

Currently, she is pursuing her post-graduate qualification in Gender Studies.

Ms Tuilau said her passion was hu­man rights and she takes every op­portunity to advocate on the issue.

“Even right now there is a Pacific Leaders meeting happening in Tu­valu and human rights will be part of that. I would ask our leaders to be bold and courageous and be commit­ted to human rights for everyone,” she said.

“We are responsible for the future of our blue Pacific and as young people we need to use what we have learnt to actually make a difference somewhere.”

Edited by Susana Hirst

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Flying Fijians Squad To 2019 Rugby World Cup Training https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/flying-fijians-squad-to-2019-rugby-world-cup-training/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/flying-fijians-squad-to-2019-rugby-world-cup-training/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 06:48:03 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482811 Ben Volavola during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Ben Volavola during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Mosese Voka after Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Mosese Voka after Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Alivereti Veitokani (left) and Henry Seniloli during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Alivereti Veitokani (left) and Henry Seniloli during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Tevita Cavubati during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Tevita Cavubati during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Mosese Voka during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Mosese Voka during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Lepani Botia during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Lepani Botia during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Viliame Mata during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Viliame Mata during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 32 member extended World Cup squad player, Lee-Roy Atalifo at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 32 member extended World Cup squad player, Lee-Roy Atalifo at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 32 member extended World Cup squad players , Tuvere Vugakoto (left) and Campese Ma'afu at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 32 member extended World Cup squad players , Tuvere Vugakoto (left) and Campese Ma’afu at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Brother's Filipo Nakosi (left) and Josua Tuisova are both named in the 31 member Fiji Airways Flying Fijians extended World Cup squad at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Brother’s Filipo Nakosi (left) and Josua Tuisova are both named in the 31 member Fiji Airways Flying Fijians extended World Cup squad at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Jale Vatubua during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Jale Vatubua during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu during training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Peceli Yato during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Peceli Yato during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Semi Kunatani during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Semi Kunatani during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Semi Kunatani during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Semi Kunatani during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians training at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Rugby CEO John O'Connor during the team naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor during the team naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Head Coach, John McKee (left) and Fiji Rugby CEO John O'Connor during the naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Head Coach, John McKee (left) and Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor during the naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (left) and Heah Coach John McKee during the naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (left) and Heah Coach John McKee during the naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu during the naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu during the naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (left) and Fiji Rugby CEO John O'Connor during the naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Captain, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (left) and Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor during the naming at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Matavesi brother's Josh Matavesi (left) and Samuel Matavesi are both named in the 31 member Fiji Airways Flying Fijians extended World Cup squad at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Matavesi brother’s Josh Matavesi (left) and Samuel Matavesi are both named in the 31 member Fiji Airways Flying Fijians extended World Cup squad at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Brother's Josua Tuisova (left) and Filipo Nakosi are both named in the 31 member Fiji Airways Flying Fijians extended World Cup squad at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Brother’s Josua Tuisova (left) and Filipo Nakosi are both named in the 31 member Fiji Airways Flying Fijians extended World Cup squad at Albert Park on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

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Graduate Lawyers Admission To the Bar By Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/graduate-lawyers-admission-to-the-bar-by-acting-chief-justice-kamal-kumar/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/graduate-lawyers-admission-to-the-bar-by-acting-chief-justice-kamal-kumar/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 06:46:34 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482810 Akshay Chand (middle) with this parents, Shamima an Anil Chand following his Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Akshay Chand (middle) with this parents, Shamima an Anil Chand following his Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Luisa Tuilau following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Luisa Tuilau following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

51 new lawyers were sworn in by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

51 new lawyers were sworn in by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Angline Sumer (middle) with her parents Shalendra and Pravin Kumar following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Angline Sumer (middle) with her parents Shalendra and Pravin Kumar following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Shivanjali Narayan (middle) with her parents Satya and Subodhini Nand following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Shivanjali Narayan (middle) with her parents Satya and Subodhini Nand following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar during the Admission of fifty one new lawyers to the Bar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar during the Admission of fifty one new lawyers to the Bar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Neha Pratap following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Neha Pratap following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Kula Rauvi (middle) with Parents Jone and Francis Mele Rauvi following his Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Kula Rauvi (middle) with Parents Jone and Francis Mele Rauvi following his Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Anastasia Akuborn following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Anastasia Akuborn following her Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Andre Alexander 68 with wife, Anne Regier following his Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Andre Alexander 68 with wife, Anne Regier following his Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Friends Safia Ahmed (left) and Bhavishna Pillay following their Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Friends Safia Ahmed (left) and Bhavishna Pillay following their Admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at Grand Pacific Hotel on August 16, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

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HFC Bank Approves Loans to 133 First Time Home Owners https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/hfc-bank-approves-loans-to-133-first-time-home-owners/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/hfc-bank-approves-loans-to-133-first-time-home-owners/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 06:08:26 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482805 With the introduction of the Government Grant Housing Scheme in 2014, HFC Bank has approved loans to 133 first homeowners.

This was confirmed by the chief executive officer of HFC Bank, Rakesh Ram in an interview.

Mr Ram said the total value of loans disbursed under the Government Grant Housing Scheme is $12,908,278

“Further to that, the Ministry of Housing has credited $1,250,000 of grant funds towards these loans,” he said.

HFC Bank in 2014 became the first bank in the country to approve a homeownership grant loan in support of Government’s bid to have more homeowners in the country.

HFC had merged its Home Loan Product with the Government grant so that it would be suitable for the people of Fiji.

First Home Purchase Programme

In the 2018-19 Budget, Government detailed the First Home Purchase programme, effective from 1 August 2018, which aims to widen the pool of affordable housing on the market throughout Fiji.

The programme, along with other housing- and lease-related initiatives in the 2018-19 Budget will put the dream of homeownership within reach for thousands more Fijian families.

Further, the Government encourages real estate developers to seize the opportunity of the increased demand that will be sparked by the programme’s expansion.

Through this initiative, multifamily housing complexes (with approved strata titling) will see prices subsidised, creating a lucrative investment opportunity for developers.

To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • be a Fijian citizen residing in Fiji;
  • be 18 years of age or above;
  • have an annual household income of $100,000 or less;
  • have never previously purchased or owned a home in Fiji; and
  • either: o meet the financial institution’s loan criteria; or o meet FNPF homebuilding criteria under the Village/Mataqali Scheme.

First Land Purchase Programme The First Land Purchase programme aims to widen the pool of affordable housing on the market throughout Fiji by the provision of grants to eligible applicants of up to $10,000 for formal lease purchases.

The programme, along with other housing- and lease-related initiatives in the 2018-19 Budget will put the dream of homeownership within reach for thousands more Fijian families.

To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • be a Fijian citizen residing in Fiji;
  • be 18 years of age or above;
  • have not previously held a residential lease or owned residential land in Fiji;
  • and have an annual household income of $50,000 or less..

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Lawyer Invests In Natabua Industrial Area And Grows https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/lawyer-invests-in-natabua-industrial-area-and-grows/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/lawyer-invests-in-natabua-industrial-area-and-grows/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 06:04:53 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482802 Lautoka lawyer and property owner of what is now known as the Natabua Industrial area in Lautoka, Vijay Naidu is spending over $2 million to develop his land.

The Natabua Industrial Division area was once a cane field site is now filled with commercial entities setting up a business there.

“The new development will have 10 lots, six of which are industrial and once finished it will have all the infrastructure fitted in.

“I have had a lot of interest for this new development,” he said.

Mr Naidu had already constructed a $5 million two-storey complex in the same area earlier this year which has 22 shopping outlets and a big warehouse.

Arrow Concrete

Meanwhile, Arrow Concrete Ltd will soon complete their factory which would manufacture culverts, slabs and other cement products.

The investment for this factory would around $7 million when completed however the owners have refrained from making any comments until the project was ready.

AJYNK Electrical Ltd, one of Fiji’s leading electrical firms and owned by former Fiji Sugar Corporation Managing Director Abdul Khan was one of the first to set up in the area.

Also newly built UB Freight complex was running.

According to company officials, the New Zealand owners do not want any publicity.

Mr Naidu said the area would be fully industrial in a few years with land being quickly taken.

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Suva, Nasinu Netters Dominate Central Primary Schools Netball Tourney https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/suva-nasinu-netters-dominate-central-primary-schools-netball-tourney/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/suva-nasinu-netters-dominate-central-primary-schools-netball-tourney/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 06:00:49 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482797 Suva and Nasinu dominated the Central Primary Schools Netball tournament which culminated at the National Netball Centre yesterday.

The capital city side started off strongly in the U9 grade where the young netters displayed an entertaining game walloping Nasinu Red 15-3.

Suva Sky also dominated the U12 grade where they thrashed Wainikeli 28-11 and Kadavu 21-10 in the U14 grade.

Meanwhile, Nasinu took out three grades winning the U10 grade defeating Suva 10-4 Suva 14-13 in the U11 grade. They also edged out Kadavu 26-23 in the U13 grade.

Winning U10 Nasinu captain Mellin King said: “It was a tough game, I’m proud of the performance and parents supporting us.

“Before the game, we were reminded to strengthen our defence and make all goals count.”

The victorious Nasinu U10 netball team at the National Netball Centre on August 15,2019.  Photo: Anasilini Natoga

The victorious Nasinu U10 netball team at the National Netball Centre on August 15,2019. Photo: Anasilini Natoga

Suva manager Loraini Ravoka believes four weeks of preparation has paid off.

“After having our schools competition, we had four weeks of preparation building up to this tournament.

“We had a good preparation and the support from parents was overwhelming and we want to thank everyone,” Ravoka said.

The victorious  Suva U14 netball team at the National Netball Centre on August 15,2019. Photo: Anasilini Natoga

The victorious Suva U14 netball team at the National Netball Centre on August 15,2019. Photo: Anasilini Natoga

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Sevu Reece; The Rise Of The Nadi Water Boy https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/sevu-reece-the-rise-of-the-nadi-water-boy/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/sevu-reece-the-rise-of-the-nadi-water-boy/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 05:55:23 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482773 This year has been an amazing year so far for Fijian-born Sevu Reece.

He made his Super Rugby debut for the champions Crusaders in May, first test for the All Blacks in The Rugby Championship in July and will play in his first Bledisloe Cup match test against the Wallabies at Eden Park tomorrow.

And he could play in his first Rugby World Cup next month.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen promoted Reece and his fellow Crusader George Bridge on the wings ahead of Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane.

And long-serving Nadi Rugby official Jeff Tamata was the least surprised by the rise of Reece, 22.

“I’m not surprised at all,” Tamata said.

“A decade ago he used to be the Nadi Rugby team water boy and everyone knows him. But more than that – his family were always supportive of Nadi Rugby.

“I’m not surprised how Reece has progressed because he comes from a good rugby and family background. He is ticking the right boxes and he deserves to be where he is now. “

Reece spoke to his father William yesterday, who was surprised that Sevu got the nod to play in Bledisloe Cup II.

“He’s confident and I hope he makes the Rugby World Cup squad.

“I hope Sevu delivers at Eden Park in a game the All Blacks must win. I would love to there on Saturday only if I knew beforehand that he would play.

“But he is confident and at his usual best the last time we spoke.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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The War Against Drugs. Will It Ever End In Fiji? https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/the-war-against-drugs-will-it-ever-end-in-fiji/ https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/08/16/the-war-against-drugs-will-it-ever-end-in-fiji/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 05:47:59 +0000 https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=482774 It is a war that some people believe will never end.

Similar wars have been and are still being carried out in other countries for years but they have not ended.

Likewise, it is the same in Fiji.

The war is against illicit drugs.

In the past, the drug war by the authorities in Fiji was only against marijuana.

However, over the past few years, the war is against other drugs too, namely the hard ones like methamphetamine and cocaine.

Compared to marijuana, hard drugs are said to be more addictive and once people are hooked onto it, then it is hard coming out.

The use of methamphetamine or ice or white as it is commonly known has reportedly become widespread in the country in recent years.

Meth labs in Fiji

Some small-scale meth labs have been found in different areas on Viti Levu in recent years.

There have been reports that it is mostly the deportees from the U.S and Canada who are involved in manufacturing the drug locally.

Last month, Agent Billy Lewis, a U.S Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent, said clandestine methamphetamine labs were operating in Fiji.

Mr Lewis had said that Fijians and foreign nationals were producing the drug for local and overseas markets.

He is helping the local authorities in tackling the recent rise in meth cases in the country.

The billion-dollar meth lab

It was in June 2004 when Police officers from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand raided a huge meth factory at Laucala Beach, outside Suva City.

The factory was worth about FJ$1 billion and the meth manufactured there was destined for markets in Europe, United States, Australia and New Zealand.

The then Police Commissioner, Andrew Hughes had said that it was the largest meth lab ever discovered in the Southern Hemisphere.

“This is a frightening example of transnational organised crime elements using Fiji as a staging ground for the illegal activities,” he said.

“Increasingly we are seeing these elements coming to Fiji and joining up with local organised criminal groups.”

The lab had the capacity to produce 1100 pounds (499 kilograms) of meth a week.

Police officers arrested seven people during the raid while Police in Hong Kong and Malaysia also arrested some people for their alleged connection to the meth lab.

The price of meth

About three years ago, the price of a pack of about five small crystals of meth was FJ$100, since then it is said to have gone down to $50.

But now, there are reports that hard drugs are being sold for as less as $10 on the streets.

The Suva City Watch page on Facebook posted on Tuesday that, “It’s sad and disgusting to hear that hard drugs are now sold for $10 a pack in major cities of Fiji”.

“Some of our brothers and sisters are beyond help. Families, relationships, traditions, culture and the Fiji way of life as we know it is slowly going away,” it said.

It claims to be a partnership intended to bring people together to make the communities safer, and that it involves the Police, local authorities, voluntary organisations, business owners, individuals and families who want to make Suva City a better place to live, work in or visit.

The claim by Suva City Watch, if true, only means that there is an excessive supply of hard drugs in the country, thus the very low price for it.

Drug use and crime

With the rise in meth use and seizures in the country recently, there has also been an increase in reports of criminal activities.

There has been a rise in thefts, robberies, muggings and house break-ins recently, as reported to this newspaper by some victims.

It is common knowledge that unemployed people often resort to criminal activities to feed their drug habit, especially if they are hooked onto hard drugs.

Some women have also resorted to the sex trade to feed their drug habit, more so if they are hooked onto hard drugs and do not have the money to buy it to satisfy their craving.

This is known to be happening in overseas countries and Fiji can be no exception.

Police are yet to respond to queries by the Fiji Sun on the possible link between the use of hard drugs and the recent rise in criminal activities.

Addressing the issue in Parliament

While addressing Parliament last week, the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Inia Seruiratu called for a whole nation approach towards fighting crime and supporting law enforcement efforts in the war against drugs.

Mr Seruiratu acknowledged that certain criminal activities had drawn the nation’s interest on the recent spate of robberies, burglaries and gender-based violence along with drugs that had captured the imagination of all Fijians.

“I am pleased that the Prime Minister and respectable members of the community had duly voiced their concern on gender-based violence, and the drug situation in the country,” he said.

He also asked whether erecting more Police posts would prevent robberies and attacks that were allegedly being fueled by drugs.

“Is having more Police patrols on the ground going to prevent another 1634 primary and secondary school children becoming victims of drug related cases such as those reported in schools in 2018?”

Mr Seruiratu said the Prime Minister has and continues to call for support to help Police fight crime and he supported this because it was the right thing to do.

“The brazen attacks out in public and robberies as alluded to by the Prime Minister is likely linked to the increase in drug-related activities,” he said.

He said the reality on the ground was that Fiji was still safer in comparison to many other countries, saying that the crime situation was not as alarming as many have thought it to be.

“Government is backing the war on drugs, and we need everyone’s support before it becomes a real menace to our society and economy,” Mr Seruiratu said in Parliament last week.

Police, public co-operation

The partnership and co-operation of the public with Police is the only thing that can address serious crimes, including drug issues, in the country.

Considering that the use of methamphetamine has become a plague now, only a concerted effort can assist the law enforcers in curbing the problem.

Eradicating it is another story.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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