(o+) Charter Progress, Politicians Spawned Racism, FNPF Board Abused Trust, Naitasiri Apologizes
DESTINY Lies Squarely In Hands of the People. "The destiny of Fiji lies squarely in the hands of her people and nobody else," National People’s Charter Advisory Council (NPCAC) Chairman Josefa Serulagilagi told members at the third NPCAC meeting in Suva. Photo: RadioFiji.
The NPCAC is the first agency to be established as a build-up mechanism to the National People's Charter Council, and will play a monitoring role in the implementation of the Charter which will be a set of commitments for change and reform that the people of Fiji make to each other about change, peace and progress to rebuild the nation.
Serulagilagi said expectations were high. “We also have a huge task ahead of us in reaching out to the public and convincing them that work is earnestly being pursued in implementation of the Charter, the Roadmap for Reforms and Restoration of Sustainable Democracy and overall the Building of a Better Fiji.” He told members they were not operating under normal circumstances, but the onus was on them. Government and the community are expecting results, and the international community is also watching the Council's progress..
POLITICAL Differences Have Promoted Racism. Speaking at the Taailevu Provincial Council meeting yesterday, the PM said that race "slipped in" during elections when people voted along racial lines,when ethnic Fijians were told they have been robbed off their wealth and possessions.As aq result, most of the native land that was leased out to sugarcane farmers was not renewed, mainly in the Western and Northern. As a result,the tenants moving out and the landowners lost a valuable source of income and the land now left idle is filled with paragrass and guava trees.
NAITASIRI Provincial Council supports Government, with some dissensions.
FNPF Board Abused Members' Trust. Consumer Council CEO Premila Kumar said poor Board decisions leading to the $327 million write-down of Fiji National Provident Fund assets abused the trust of members. She accused previous boards, the FNPF's management team and the Reserve Bank as regulators who were the "eyes and ears for government," of poor governance.
"It is ironical." she said, "that the Board was made up of members' representatives which means decisions made at Board level were known to members' reps who were also party to the bad investment that was written off. But they failed to inform members. Serving on a Board shouldn't be seen as a privilege ... we haven't seen any board members resigning over wrong decisions." " She stressed the need to review selection processes for members' representatives, and was pleased to learn Government was now working with authorities and agencies from Singapore over controls and reforms for FNPF.
FNPF Plans a Marketing Drive in the hope of recovering its investments of over $80million in the Momi Bay Development Project.
LAWYER Guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct.
PAKISTAN's New HighCom. The High Commissioner designate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Her Excellency Fauzia Nasreen presented her credentials to President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau on Thursday last.
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