PM: It’s a waste of needed resources, time to form a special committee

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama shares a light moment with Navitalai Vunianakula (back) Waisale Draunidalo (second right) and Isireli Lilo (right) during a break outside Parliament yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE termination of Fiji Airways workers is the continuation of the impact of COVID-19 on our country, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said in Parliament yesterday.

He made the comments during a debate to establish a special committee to review the cost of living.

“That’s not the beginning, nor will it end, this is what COVID-19 is doing to us,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said forming a committee to oversee the cost of living was not an ideal idea.

“It’s an inconvenient waste of needed resources and time when we are at war with COVID-19.

“The rest of the world is trying to find a solution and not only Fiji is facing the problem.”

Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula said thousands of people in Fiji had lost their jobs because of COVID-19.

He said the Opposition and Government should work together as the nation was in a crisis.

Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka said the termination of Fiji Airways workers would have an impact on the nation’s economy.

He said the current COVID-19 problems were bigger than the FijiFirst Government.

“COVID-19 will be around for some time,” Mr Gavoka said.

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