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Villagers understand function of Parliament

Avneel Chand
Friday, December 08, 2017

PEOPLE from two villages on Beqa Island now have a better understanding of the Parliament.

This was after the Parliament bus program was brought to their doorsteps at Nawaisomo and Raviravi villages by a team from the Fijian Parliament.

Nawaisomo village headman Semisi Ketenilagi said they were very fortunate to have been visited by the outreach team and for educating them about the operations of Parliament.

Mr Ketenilagi said most of the time a lot of people, especially rural dwellers, paid less attention to Parliament because they did not understand fully well its significance and how they could engage with its members.

This, he said, was crucial information that people should know as it was the peoples' Parliament and the embodiment of every Fijian.

For Raviravi villager Seini Ranadi Dela, the role of the Speaker was something she found interesting.

While she shared similar sentiments, Ms Dela said the Speaker's role was indeed empowering to all women.

At 70, Ms Dela said learning about Parliament was something she would treasure for the rest of her life. She has also thanked the Speaker for being a strong woman representative in a male-dominated Parliament.

The outreach team also visited Rukua, Naiseuseu and Naceva villages as part of the program, in a bid to inform all Fijians about the works of Parliament, its role and functions.

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