Minister urges Fijians to remove divides

Barara Youth and Social Club members march along the Lomolomo stretch. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJI GOVERNMENT

FIJIANS must continue to remove the divides of ethnicity, religion and province that are created and perpetuated by politicians, says Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar as Fijians celebrated the country’s 49th year of independence.

“Today is about that powerful and unbreakable bond of national identity and celebrating what we have in common,” Ms Bhatnagar told the Barara Youth and Social Club in Lomolomo, between Nadi and Lautoka.

“United by patriotism, we all fly the same flag and sing the same anthem on Fiji Day and that is the spirit of togetherness that should be carried within us not just today but every day of the year.

“The theme for this year’s Fiji Day is ‘a progressive and sustainable Fiji for all’, and this is significant because it aligns to the Government’s focus of prioritising the prosperity of our people today and protecting the wellbeing of the generations to come.”

Amongst its activities, the Barara Youth and Social Club has a funerary assistance scheme to help bereaved families in their neighbourhood.

They received a donation from the visiting Minister and were commended for empowering youths and actively helping fellow Fijians ensure the last rites when losing loved ones.

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