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Youths important, says chief

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, July 21, 2014

THE employment and empowerment of young people remains one of the key focus areas of the Social Democratic Liberal Party.

In its party manifesto announcement last Friday, party leader Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa said if they came into power after election, they would create a strategic plan focused on young Fijians.

She said they would conduct a complete review of job projects for youth and restructure the National Youth Service Scheme and the National Youth Employment Centre.

"We will also nurture and enhance the talents and potential of our young citizens in academia, sports, leadership, entrepreneurship, artistic and musical pursuits and performing arts," Ro Teimumu said.

"We will also increase support for meaningful youth participation and inclusiveness at all trade and international conventions attended by the state. We will also reinstate and strengthen the student youth parliament program to help instil respect for democratic processes and provide funding and support for youth sports and recreational facilities and offer sports scholarships for young people."

SODELPA also claimed the government had not encouraged the youths of Fiji to take a full democratic role in public affairs and national initiatives because it had been intent on policies of suppression.

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