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Leader raises voice

Shalveen Chand
Sunday, June 08, 2014

AS a youth leader and someone who has worked with youths for the past 10 years, Usaia Moli hopes to provide youths with a voice in the new parliament.

Mr Moli is the National Federation Party's Youth Wing president and hopes to become a registered candidate for the upcoming election.

The 34-year-old used to work for an NGO but now with his mind-set on the elections, he hopes the NFP would be able to provide youth with a voice in parliament.

Yesterday, about 100 young people turned up at the NFP's office in Tamavua as the NFP Youth Council held a forum to hear what the youth have to say about what they hope the new government would do after Fiji's return to parliamentary democracy.

"So often, the word youths have been used by people to make policies and economic decisions at policy level without giving a thought to what youths really want, what they need," said Mr Moli.

"Business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators basically the movers and shakers are the young people and for Fiji to progress, the youth need to have their voices heard.

"While unemployment is one of the biggest debacles faced by the young, other social issues need to be addressed as well."

The thoughts and ideas generated yesterday will be used to make the NFP manifesto.

"While we champion the needs of the youth, we as the youth of the nation also have to remember that all these things will not be possible if we don't respect our elders," said Mr Moli.

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