Koya attacks Opposition

Mere Ratunabuabua (left) and Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa outside Parliament yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya yesterday accused the Opposition of already considering to lure youths into drinking alcohol.

While responding to an oral question by Government Whip Ashneel Sudakhar on the Government’s Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) in Parliament yesterday, Mr Koya claimed the Opposition had been continuously complaining over the past four years.

“And unfairly criticised this Government for not having enough initiatives that are targeted at our young Fijians, to help them realise their full potential,” Mr Koya said.

“Unlike the Opposition, who are already considering luring our young people into drinking more alcohol by lowering the price of beer, the Fijian Government has the true interests of our young people at heart.

“We are firm believers in walking the talk and turning our promises into deeds.”

Meanwhile, Opposition member Niko Nawaikula yesterday demanded from Government results and not ideas about the scheme.

He also demanded Mr Koya to inform Parliament of some success stories of recipients of the scheme.

In his response, Mr Koya said the scheme was just launched recently.