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Keep the link strong: Rika

Samisoni Nabilivalu
Friday, April 20, 2012

MEMBERS of the Rotuma Development Board have been reminded of the important link it plays between the government and the people of Rotuma.

They were told the link needed to be vibrant, strong, and healthy for desired results to be achieved, said Commissioner Eastern Colonel Netani Rika at the opening of the board meeting yesterday.

"We're here today to discuss how best we can serve the people on the island with the available resources and according to the guidelines provided by the government," Col. Rika said.

"We need to identify the constraints and come up with viable economic activities.

"Rotuma with its many challenges in terms of geographical location, size and other related issues requires all of us to be forward-looking, visionary and realistic on both paper and on the ground."

He told the board they must work together to offer their people the best they could as the government was doing its utmost best to reach out to those who deserved assistance the most.

"We need to continue to foster a closely-knit community, one which will foster resilience and hard work in people, particularly the younger generation.

"This will enable them to rise above the challenges of geographical isolation, smallness, vulnerability and limited land resources and issues like climate change, transportation, population mobility, and changing trends."

Other issues Col. Rika highlighted were the need for good stewardship at all levels, the need for leadership to harmonise with the government's expectations, and the holistic development of human resources.

"We need to be mindful of climate change and its impacts, the strengthening of the family unit, the involvement of women, youths and other segments of the population in decision making," he said.