JOKETANI Cokanasiga could be the longest-serving government minister in the country.
He started in 2001 with the Qarase-led interim cabinet — formed by Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama — and by next month, Mr Cokanasiga will be retiring from work.
In an interview with this newspaper, he described his retirement as "a time to move on and let the younger ones lead".
"I need to take some rest now and I will not contest the elections because I believe I have done my part," he said.
"I am satisfied with the work I have done and the services offered through my ministries to the people of Fiji.
"It is so satisfying to see smiles on people's faces knowing they are happy about the work we have done."
Mr Cokanasiga said he has had many moments and best memories during his term as minister.
"I have had so many good memories about my work and one of it is knowing we have satisfied people by making them happy as a result of our services," he said.
"I have also had many challenges being a minister and some situations have made my work even more enjoyable.
"Some situations have made me stronger and I believe it's time I move on and let the younger people take over.
"I am now old and it's always good to let our younger people share their ideas and use their skills in such positions," he said.
He will retire to his village in Deuba, enjoy some farm work and spend time with his family.