DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION FIJI NEWS SUMMARY 01/05/15 4:30PM

1. IOC President pays courtesy call to Fijian President – International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Mr Thomas Bach paid a courtesy call to His Excellency, the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau today at Government House.

2. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS VISIT NAITASIRI PROVINCE – In an effort to improve and strengthen information dissemination to rural areas, the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with other government departments, conducted a two-day Consultation forum this week at Nasele village, Naitasiri.

3. LEADERSHIP IN SCHOOLS VITAL TO EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT – ?Leadership in schools matter and we expect delivery,? said the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy.

1. IOC President pays courtesy call to Fijian President

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Mr Thomas Bach paid a courtesy call to His Excellency, the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau today at Government House.

IOC president, Thomas Bach became an IOC member in 1991 and was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board in 1996 before serving as an IOC Vice-President for more than 10 years.

He was elected as the ninth President of the IOC on 10th September, 2013.

Born in Germany, Mr Bach has had a successful career in sports, becoming an Olympic champion in fencing (team foil) in Montreal in 1976.

Mr Bach will be part of the opening of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) General Assembly at the Grand Pacific Hotel this evening, where the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatiaku will officiate.

2. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS VISIT NAITASIRI PROVINCE

In an effort to improve and strengthen information dissemination to rural areas, the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with other government departments, conducted a two-day Consultation forum this week at Nasele village, Naitasiri.

The Ministry?s Extension Division facilitated the meeting for 115 participants from the four villages in the province of Naitasiri.

Senior Agriculture Officer [Naitasiri] Adriano Tabualevu said the main objective of the event was to bring the Naitavuni community together that is the 4 villages which include Nasiritu, Nasevou, Nasele and Delailasekau.

?The participants were enlightened by the services offered by other various ministries on measures they could delve into enhance their livelihood,? he said.

Mr Tabualevu added most participants were from registered ginger groups and normally join the Viria cluster group but operate individually from last year.

?We want to increase our production of ginger in order to meet the demand of the market and the Agriculture Ministry is committed to support farmers with capacity building and some provision of planting materials to assist in their farming,? he said.

He said the Ministry is also advising farmers to plant a lot of dalo to meet demands in the export market.

?Taveuni normally supply 80% of dalo for export but due to infertile land and the rejection rate of dalo, supply in the locality has declined.

?To minimize those problems, the Ministry is focusing on some areas like the Solo-ira community in Serea, Lutu, Naitavuni community and the province of Bua for dalo supply.?

For Naitasiri farmers, he added yaqona, dalo, banana, ginger and cassava are their main commodities.

3. LEADERSHIP IN SCHOOLS VITAL TO EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

?Leadership in schools matter and we expect delivery,? said the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy.

The Minister stressed this point when he delivered his keynote address at the Future Leaders Workshop Phase One in Labasa today. The meeting was an opportunity for the Minister to reiterate to the senior education officials in the North on Government?s commitment to making education easily accessible.

?You must win their (students) confidence and trust, it is your job to reach out to the teachers and children and you must know your staff well,? said Minister Reddy.

He said that inorder to compliment education assistance, leadership in schools is a vital part of this process and the Ministry expects a delivery of the management output to create a knowledge-based society.

?Any leader has to first understand the whole business process and the productive process of what are the inputs and all leaders should not lose sight of the output they have to deliver,? Minister Reddy said.

?In education, there is an outcome that we target; this government targets for a knowledge-based society. This is an outcome and we are here to deliver onto this outcome but we must play our part?.

?You all play a very important role in delivering the output which will deliver that outcome, the outcome is qualified, educated people, and we want you to deliver this.?

Minister Reddy said leaders must talk with confidence, have thorough knowledge in subject matters and be able to boost the young people and teachers.

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