President: National holidays reserved for sacred issues and entities

Fijian president Major General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote. Picture: FT FILE

“NATIONAL holidays are reserved to commemorate, celebrate and pay respect for the most important and sacred issues and entities that our nation holds dear, and this certainly applies to our Constitution.”

These were the words of President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the Constitution Day Celebrations held at Labasa’s Subrail Park today.

President Konrote thanked the people of the Northern Division for coming out in numbers and commemorating the special day.

“Thank you all for your attendance in great numbers today for it signifies the beginning of a successful day of celebrations. I can tell by the thousands of smiles, by the patriotic outfits you all are proudly wearing, and by the positive energy felt in the air this morning, that those of you in attendance, especially those young students who have travelled from across Vanua Levu to be here, will remember this extraordinary occasion for the rest of your lives,” he said.

Mr Konrote assured the students and youths that they had a bright future ahead.

“I am confident and can proudly state that the bright, shining future that lies ahead for students and our youth of today is a point of enormous pride for parents and grandparents who have lived through a time in Fiji without the protections and provisions of our current framework.”

Also present at the celebrations were Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, his wife Mary, Cabinet Ministers, Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa, leaders of faith-based organisations, chiefs and community leaders.

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