WORKS and Transport Minister Colonel Timoci Natuva yesterday applauded the Methodist Church for banning its pastors from smoking cigarettes and drinking yaqona.
Speaking at the Fiji Day celebration in Labasa, Col. Natuva said such a decision would help signify the roles people play.
"This move will not only enhance increased productivity by individuals but at the same time individuals will save a lot of money from not buying cigarettes and yaqona," he said.
"I commend the president, Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, for that achievement.
"Government on one hand has provided development assistance and on the other hand people also have a role to play to ensure that we move together in unity."
Col. Natuva said the people's role would be to ensure government projects were maintained and managed well.
Other roles he mentioned were to positively utilise opportunities and assistance by government and the effective use of time by people to enhance efficient and effective delivery of their daily work.
The Methodist Church has banned the drinking of yaqona and smoking of cigarettes on church premises.