By JYOTI PRATIBHA
Prime Minister and Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday went on an action-packed visit to Ba and Nadi.
It started in Veisaru in Ba and ended in Voivoi, Nadi.
* 10.30am – He arrived from Suva and met 276 Territorial Forces soldiers plus members of the public at Veisaru Sanatan Dharam School in Ba. Community concerns were addressed.
* 3.30pm – He arrived at Black Rock Army Camp at Votualevu in Nadi.
* 4pm – Attended a “talanoa session” with the Voivoi community in Nadi.
* 5pm – Left for Suva
The PM bid farewell to some of the military in the West before he steps down as RFMF Commander on February 28.
After addressing the troops, who had been doing some repairs at the Veisaru school for the past two weeks, Commodore Bainimarama met with the school management to discuss how the new school year was progressing.
He also met with villagers who came to him to air their grievances on various issues – from roads, to water, to land leases.
He then left for Black Rock Army Camp at Votualevu in Nadi. He expressed his concerns at the slow pace of work developing a training camp, before leaving for Voivoi.
He sorted out the grievances of the Voivoi Community, before he sat down for a talanoa session for about an hour before returning to Suva.
Speaking to Territorial Forces troops, he stressed that while changes would happen with personnel the values of the military must remain the same.
“Our responsibility is to protect all races in this country,” he said.
He called on all troops to look after their families and children well, particularly in education.
He said in Vatuwaqa Housing in Suva he saw several children sitting around instead of being at school. He was told their parents had not paid last year’s school fees.
Those were the parents’ responsibilities. He hoped the forces’ members were not in the same situation.