DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION FIJI NEWS SUMMARY 12/07/15 3:30PM

 

  1. PM ASSURES KIRIBATI OF FIJI?S SUPPORTPrime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama has reiterated Fiji?s offer to provide the people of Kiribati with a permanent home if their nation is affected by climate change.

 

  1. HON. MINISTER TIMOCI NATUVA TO TOUR THE MIDDLE-EAST-Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration Hon Timoci Natuva will be visiting our troops and policemen and women serving in the Middle East and Africa.

 

  1. RESIDENTS OF NANUKU PARTICIPATE DURING NDP CONSULTATIONS – More than 30 people turned up at the Nanuku Settlement Methodist Church Hall to voice their concerns during the National Development Consultations yesterday.

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  1. PM ASSURES KIRIBATI OF FIJI?S SUPPORT

Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama has reiterated Fiji?s offer to provide the people of Kiribati with a permanent home if their nation is affected by climate change.

 

In a congratulatory message to the President of the Republic of Kiribati, His Excellency, Anote Tong for their 37thIndependence Day anniversary, PM Bainimarama said that the people of Kiribati should not fear being climate refugees.

 

?Our door will always be open to you. And the spirit of Kiribati will continue to burn brightly in the hearts of its people for generations to come.

 

?You can be sure that Fijians will stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kiribati in our joint effort to secure binding cuts in carbon emissions from the industrialised nations at the forthcoming World Climate Summit in Paris.?

 

The Prime Minister also applauded His Excellency President Anote Tong?s efforts in putting the Pacific?s collective case for global action on climate change and stated that his speeches have been powerful and well-argued.

 

?I look forward to continuing to work closely with you in strengthening our bilateral relationship as we pursue areas of mutual interest for the benefit of our people.?

 

 

 

  1. ?HON. MINISTER TIMOCI NATUVA TO TOUR THE MIDDLE-EAST

Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration Hon Timoci Natuva will be visiting our troops and policemen and women serving in the Middle East and Africa.

The Middle-East tour is a normal bi-annual event for the Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration in his capacity as the line Minister for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Fiji Police Force.

The visit will begin with courtesy calls at the UN Headquarters in New York followed by the MFO Headquarters in Rome in order to hear both their views on Fiji?s participation, current developments in the field and what the future holds for the missions.

The Minister will then proceed to Lebanon, the Golan Heights, Israel to visit an Officer serving in Jerusalem with the UN Truce Supervisory Organisation (UNTSO) after which he will visit Sinai before the final leg to South Sudan where our troops and policemen and women are serving under the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan.

Minister Natuva will be accompanied by the Commissioner of Police Major General Ben Groenewald and the Commander Land Forces, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho.

The delegation will leave tomorrow and is expected to return on the 5th of August, 2015.

 

  1. RESIDENTS OF NANUKU PARTICIPATE DURING NDP CONSULTATIONS

More than 30 people turned up at the Nanuku Settlement Methodist Church Hall to voice their concerns during the National Development Consultations yesterday.

The residents of Vatuwaqa gathered in unison to speak to the NDP team on the issues they faced as a community over the years.

Shakuntla Devi, who spoke on behalf of the women in Nanuku said that the area was in dire need of basic necessities.

“Most of us have children and have been living here for many years and face daily problems of not having access to electricity, water, proper street lights, drainage and roads,” Mrs Devi said.

“This is an opportunity for us to speak up and we request the government to hear our pleas and address the challenges that we face in our daily lives.”

Reverend Timoci Volavola also echoed the same sentiments and requested if the land they lived on could be allocated to them.

“We request if government can clear the land for us and if not then resettle us as we are ready to move.”

Strategic Planning Office Economic Planning Officer, Mr Sandip Kumar said concerns have been noted by the team and they would look into the land issue first so as to enable the provision of necessities such as water and electricity.

The NDP consultations at Nanuku bring an end to the third week of the consultation phase in the central division.

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