DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATIONFIJI NEWS SUMMARY16/10/1512:00PM

 

1. PM SENDS MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY TO MARSHALL ISLANDS – Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama has sent a message of sympathy to the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, His Excellency Christopher Loeak on the passing of former President, Jurelang Zedkaia.

2. PUBLIC URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTION – The National Disaster Management Office is urging the public to keep listening to the radio and be on alert in light of the tropical depression TD02F that is currently affecting the Fiji Group.

3. YOUTH MINISTER EMPHASIZES IMPORTANCE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP – The importance of youth entrepreneurship was yesterday emphasized to youths of Korovuto in Nadi during a workshop conducted by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs.

4. PSC VISITS TREASURE HOME – Public Service permanent secretary, Parmesh Chand with his team of staff visited the Treasure Home in Nadi as a continuation of the Fiji Day celebration.

1. PM SENDS MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY TO MARSHALL ISLANDS

Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama has sent a message of sympathy to the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, His Excellency Christopher Loeak on the passing of former President, Jurelang Zedkaia.

In his message, the head of government said that ?it is with great sorrow that I have learnt of the sad demise of the former President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Mr. Jurelang Zedkaia.?

?I write therefore to convey, on behalf of my Government and the people of Fiji, our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Mr. Jurelang Zedkaia and the people of the Marshall Islands,? PM Bainimarama said.

The former President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and paramount chief passed away this week on Wednesday.

 

2. PUBLIC URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTION

The National Disaster Management Office is urging the public to keep listening to the radio and be on alert in light of the tropical depression TD02F that is currently affecting the Fiji Group.

Director National Disaster Management, Mr Akapusi Tuifagalele said that they are currently monitoring the situation.

?The four Divisional Emergency operation Centres under the leadership of the Divisional Commissioners have been notified of the situation and we have also advised them to prepare the Divisional emergency operation centres should the situation worsen.

?We are also pleading with motorists and all road users to take precautionary measures while on the road,? Mr Tuifagalele said.

?For those that live near rivers and streams and in low lying areas, you are requested to be more vigilant.?

As of 8.30am this morning, the Nadi Weather office has issued a strong wind warning for all Fiji Waters.

A Tropical Depression TD02F was analysed near 12.3S 177.7E or about 75km east-northeast of Rotuma. It is anticipated to gradually move south-westward. The associated cloud bands are expected to affect Fiji till Saturday.

Members of the public are advised to contact the following numbers in case of emergency:

National Emergency Operation Centre: 3319 250

Commissioner Western Division: 666 0158

Commissioner Northern Division: 8811322

Commissioner Eastern Division: 3318299

Commissioner Central Division: 3477000

 

3. YOUTH MINISTER EMPHASIZES IMPORTANCE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The importance of youth entrepreneurship was yesterday emphasized to youths of Korovuto in Nadi during a workshop conducted by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs.

While addressing close to 50 villagers of Korovuto, who were part of the ?Sauvaki ni Vanua? workshop which sees the instilling and strengthening of traditional iTaukei knowledge on young people, the Hon. Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou spoke about the positives of having successfully managed income generating projects.

?Korovuto is a beautiful village and what is evident to all who pass by your village is the abundance of resources that are readily available to you and I wish to urge you to fully utilize your resources in order to venture successfully into income generating projects,? Minister Tuitubou said.

?There are a number of youth clubs in the country that have gone further from their initial income generating projects, which was government?s assistance to these youth clubs and they have identified ideal projects that are relevant to their locations which has ensured that income is always forthcoming.?

Minister Tuitubou also informed them of the ministry?s programmes and services which were targeted at bolstering youth entrepreneurial initiatives and development.

?There are also successful youth groups around the country that have wisely managed their profits from their projects due to continuous collaboration with the ministry because we offer services and programmes tailor made to suit your needs.

?The onus is on youths to come forward and utilize all these programmes in order to further the development of your community as well as your youth group,? Minister Tuitubou added.

Principal youth officer Western, Valami Naloga also stressed the crucial role youths played in the community.

?Young people are an integral part of the community and you have a crucial role in community development because in any sort of community development, youths are trusted to carry out these works,? Mr Naloga said.

Mr Naloga pointed out the importance of identifying sustainable income generating projects for youth clubs.

?These projects that you wish to undertake must be carefully thought out before you commit yourselves to it because your projects must be economically viable and sustainable to ensure that your efforts do not go to waste because as future leaders government is hugely reliant on youths and we are committed to your development.?

Korovuto youth club member Ratu Meli Finau praised the ministry for looking after the wellbeing of all youths in the country.

?I wish to thank the Hon. Minister for Youth and Sports and the ministry for showing firsthand the care taken by Government for youths of the country especially for us here in Korovuto,? Mr Finau said.

?We look forward to working closely with the ministry in order to realize our goals for the youth group and set up an ideal income generating project to boost our youths development.?

 

4. PSC VISITS TREASURE HOME

Public Service permanent secretary, Parmesh Chand with his team of staff visited the Treasure Home in Nadi as a continuation of the Fiji Day celebration.

In his message to the residents of Treasure Home, Mr Chand said that it was truly special to be with them to celebrate with the visitation in line with the national theme ?Togetherness in Harmony for a Prosperous Fiji?.

Mr Chand said that the National Day celebration was commemorated nationwide last week on Friday 9th October 2015. As this was a continuation of the celebrations, it was an opportune time of reflection and to look back and gauge our progress and development.

?As in the past celebrations, we would focus on the younger generation because they are the greatest link in our society. It is through instilling understanding and mutual respect from a young age that one can aspire to building a better citizen for our country,? Mr Chand said.

The objectives of this year?s Fiji Day are to celebrate the country?s achievements, encourage patriotism and nation building and promote hope for the future.

Mr Chand emphasised that the celebrations, as in the theme, included all the young children at any Home or Special Education School.

?I?m here representing Government to ensure that you are part of the celebration. It does not mean that you are not involved at any of the centres of celebration that you are left out. These celebrations are for you, our future leaders and this gift – though it may look small- represents love, care and affections.?

Mr Chand encouraged the residents at the home to focus on improving their lives for the future and not to dwell on the past.

He said that it was also useful to discuss with the management of the Home on how best his office as well as the PSC Sports & Social Club could continue to be of more assistance for the great work being undertaken by Treasure Home.