FIJI needs more honest fathers, that was the message from former Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma president Reverend Tomasi Kanailagi as the church marked Father's Day.
Mr Kanailagi, 73, who has served as a minister for 47 years said the structure of a family has weakened because fathers are ignoring their responsibilities as heads of households.
"We see the state of families are weak now, some fathers can no longer control their families because they have forgotten their responsibilities as men of the household," he said.
"Fiji needs fathers to stand up and say I am ready to take on the challenge, I am here, I will lead my family."
Mr Kanailagi celebrated Father's Day with his wife Ema Kanailagi, 69, and his two children Peceli and Elesi with their families.
"I am glad I can live to see another Father's Day. It is encouraging as I am reminded of my role as a father. My children have grown and have their own families but that doesn't mean my job as a father is complete. I still want to maintain that standard that God expects of me as a father and husband."
He encouraged other fathers to spend more time with their families.
"The simple act of opening the door for your wife or listening to your children when they share a story goes a long way. It's simple act like this that makes a huge impact in the families lives. Be honest, maintain your integrity and leave behind a reputation that will have your children proud."