DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION FIJI NEWS SUMMARY 18/10/14 4:30PM

1.??????SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD GOES NORTH?- For the first time the ?Service Excellence Awards? was hosted?via?telecast in the Northern Division this week.

2.??????LANDS MINISTRY HOLDS TALKS WITH SIGATOKA PUBLIC?- In an effort to look at improving service delivery and identifying challenges by its stakeholders, the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources held consultations with the public in Sigatoka today.

3.??????NURSES HOLD TOURNAMENT IN THE NORTH?- The 34th Fiji Nurses Association Sports Tournament was hosted in the North at the Holy Family Secondary School grounds today.

4.??????AGRICULTURE STAFF COMPLETE VETERINARIAN TRAINING?-?Thirty-two staff from the Ministry ofAgriculture graduated as para – veterinarians in Nadi this week.

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1?SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD GOES NORTH

For the first time the ?Service Excellence Awards? was hosted?via?telecast in the Northern Division this week.

Minister for Agriculture Hon. Inia Seruiratu meeting the PSC Staff at the SEA awards in the North 9

Minister for Agriculture Hon. Inia Seruiratu meeting the PSC Staff at the SEA awards in the North 9

The Hon. Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu officiated at last night?s event which took place at the Labasa Civic Centre. The event telecasted live the awards taking place in Suva at the same time yesterday evening.

Minister Seruiratu said the event recognises the dedication by civil servants to go out of their way to serve the public. At the same time, he highlighted that those working in various divisions across the country were to be commended for their own sacrifice and service.

“The Commissioner Northern and his time must be acknowledged for facilitating this function and the Service Excellence Awards Steering Committee and its members for their generosity in approving the event?, the Minister added.

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2?LANDS MINISTRY HOLDS TALKS WITH SIGATOKA PUBLIC


In an effort to look at improving service delivery and identifying challenges by its stakeholders, the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources held consultations with the public in Sigatoka today.

Led by the Head of the Ministry, Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, the face-to-face consultations will also allow both the Ministry and the public to look at ways of working closely with each other.

“We, Fijians, are very blessed to have such a wonderful country where we have a lot of natural resources,” said the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources permanent secretary Mr Tevita Boseiwaqa said.


?We need to ensure that these natural resources are used wisely for our future generations to benefit.”

The issue of sustainability and ensuring that Fiji?s mineral resources were extracted using a sustainable approach topped talks today.

“Fiji Water is a very good example of sustainable development and we are already seeing the benefits to the landowners and other nearby areas that have benefited through the water bottling company. There is another company also in Nananu in Tailevu which is also promising,” Mr Boseiwaqa said.

“We are currently assessing in Sigatoka and other areas and your time too will come.”

3?NURSES HOLD TOURNAMENT IN THE NORTH

The 34th Fiji Nurses Association Sports Tournament was hosted in the North at the Holy Family Secondary School grounds today.

Nurses tournament hosted in the North 2.

Officiating at the event was the Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu. In his congratulatory message to all the teams, he commended that it was good to see the event hosted again in the North after a long time.

“At its 34th year now, I must thank the Friendly North for hosting the tournament and bringing the nurses and medical orderlies together once more to the Friendly North.”

He commended the nurses for continuing the tournament after its formation 34 years ago.

“With the theme ‘Wellness is Wealth’ the tournament has been well set aside for the nurses to benefit in participating in sports activities and celebrate sports.”

He added that the nurses must be able to enjoy the services and sporting facilities available in the North and consider it for?another annual medics tournament.

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4?AGRICULTURE STAFF COMPLETE VETERINARIAN TRAINING

Thirty-two staff from the Ministry of Agriculture graduated as para – veterinarians in Nadi this week.

At a special ceremony held at the Wailoaloa Beach Resort, the officers received their certificates of completions after undergoing the 16-week extensive training facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific?Community (SPC) in partnership with the Ministry.

The training has seen agriculture field officers and Livestock Officers from around the country trained to be able to carry out other services pertaining to animal and livestock.

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Government departments being awarded for their participation in the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North 3.

“This is one of the key priorities of government towards enhancing the public sector and the services we provide to the people,” said Assistant Minister for Agriculture Hon. Joeli Cawaki who was chief guest at the awards ceremony.

“We need to think outside the box and continue to provide services to the people and we need to be well informed and trained to carry out our services at the highest levels.”

He added that these training would equip officers with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their work in rural areas around the country.

Seaqaqa based Livestock Officer Dharmendra Kumar, said the training has been very beneficial as he now can attend to serving farmers in his district.

“I used to call senior officers in Labasa and Suva when some issues arouse but now with this training, I am able to do it myself,” Mr Kumar said.

“We need more of such training for officers around the country to enhance our knowledge and I must thank government forthis opportunity.”

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