Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Iliesa Delana pose for a photo shoot with women and men of Tuvu village on Monday. PHOTO:SUPPLIED.
Sigatoka, June 09 – The Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Hon Iliesa Delana told the of youth of Nadroga that they need to regularly attend village meetings to raise their voice, needs, activities and development plans if they are to be recognised.
“These forums are essential for the youth to attend and air their concerns, program, activities and future plans. It is the best forum to get your plans and projects endorsed and supported at all levels of rural development,” added Delana.
“We are to respect these forums and its decisions as they are recognised by Government and they are development forums at all levels. Youth need to be part of it,” added Hon. Delana.
“You have to devise your plans and submit to these forums – especially your village meetings to receive support from your elders”.
Assistant Roko Tui Nadroga/Navosa Ilaitia Kurisaru said that the youth often abstain from attending village meetings and therefore have a lack of understanding of Government’s position and her own processes.
“The iTaukei Affairs Ministry’s partnership with the youth Ministry is ideal as it will empower the youth and create a broader awareness of such issues amongst many others especially those in rural areas,” said Kurisaru.
Mr Kurisaru was accompanying the Assistant Youth Minister and told the youths that “they are to respect these institutions – especially the village meetings and council as they are recognised by Government”.