Minister aims to better lives

ROSY Sofia Akbar has listed the betterment of young lives placed under the juvenile care as one of the main areas she would work on during her term as the Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister. During her official welcome ceremony at the Fiji Juvenile Rehabilitation and Development Centre yesterday, she promised to continue the legacy her predecessor Dr Jiko Luveni had left behind.

“It is a privilege to be your new minister and it is an honour to work with this line ministry and this afternoon is a very important journey in my life,” Ms Akbar said.

“I look forward to working with this centre for the betterment of those lives placed under that care.

“It’s very important for us to understand that we are sometimes victims of situations beyond our control and also sometimes, we create situations that place us in this situation.

“So for those under care here, my simple message is first to think about every action that we take in life because every action has a consequence.”

She said the ministry’s aim was to make these people better so they would become responsible citizens when they returned to their communities.