THE National Federation Party has paid homage to its founders as the country celebrates Fiji Day tomorrow.
NFP general secretary Vishwa Nadan said the late Ambalal Dahyabhai Patel, commonly known as A D Patel, and late Siddiq Koya should be commended for their agitation and struggle towards Fiji's independence.
Mr Nadan reiterated what the party's founding fathers had said then that "our prosperity largely depends upon a purposeful and tireless endeavour on the part of all".
"Our destiny is in our hands so let's divert our energies in the channels which will make Fiji a prosperous, strong and peaceful nation," he said.
He also commended the party's former leader, Jai Ram Reddy, for the vision he had for the country when he was in politics.
Mr Nadan said since the NFP's establishment in 1963 to 2006, the party achieved many things for people from all walks of life in Fiji.
"Some of the major achievements are the establishment of the Fiji National Provident Fund and proposing the idea of a local university that led to the establishment of the University of the South Pacific.
"Also, the party successfully and peacefully negotiated the independence of Fiji and the 1970 Constitution.
"We also brought about the Agricultural Landlords and Tenants Ordinance in 1966 and the Agricultural Landlords and Tenants Act in 1976 in partnership with the landowners that provides mechanisms and basis for resolution of future land tenure problem in Fiji."