THE takeover by government in 2006 was to put the nation back on track and not to be in power, says Transport Minister Colonel Timoci Natuva.
Speaking at Fiji Day celebrations in Labasa yesterday, Mr Natuva said the Bainimarama government worked tirelessly in moving the nation forward which demanded a society approach through the people.
"Let me remind you all that the intention was not to be in power but to put the nation back on track and to achieve what we dedicated ourselves to at independence 43 years ago and to a strong and prosperous nation," he said.
"The Bainimarama government has also undertaken developments in areas that I must say have been forgotten by previous governments, particularly development in the Northern Division.
"The upgrading of the road from Nabouwalu to Dreketi, upgrading of the sugar mill in Labasa, upgrading of sub divisional and divisional hospitals with new medical equipment and infrastructure are some developments undertaken by the Bainimarama government."
Col. Natuva said the empowering of women through the Ministry of Women and the assistance through food vouchers for social welfare recipients were part of developments.
He said Fiji should focus on a future in which all Fijians were represented on the same basis.
"The Public Service Commission scholarships are no longer based on race.
"Before there were two categories —multi-ethnic and indigenous Fijians — but now we can all apply as Fijians."
Col. Natuva said the abolishment of the Great Council of Chiefs was an initiative of government as the GCC was a product of the colonial past.