September 15, 2016 10:43 am

Minister Tuitubou: Youths need our attention

Community leaders, families, religious organisations and Government regularly need to pay attention and meet the needs of youths, which is required for their growth and sustainable livelihood in a timely manner. Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou, made these comments at Naibalebale and Najia villages of Viwa Island in the Yasawas last week. […]

Community leaders, families, religious organisations and Government regularly need to pay attention and meet the needs of youths, which is required for their growth and sustainable livelihood in a timely manner.

Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou, made these comments at Naibalebale and Najia villages of Viwa Island in the Yasawas last week.

“I am urging the leaders of the Vanua and all religious organisations to be attentive to youth issues and challenges and partner with Government and other organisations for their and our development,” Minister Tuitubou said.

“The Ministry is committed to providing empowerment training and resources that will positively affect the lives of young people,” he said.

“Government is willing to foster new relations and strengthen its partnership with every organisation and community on strategies that empower youths to become agents of change in their communities.”

Viwa Island is the furthest in the Yasawa Group of islands and Minister Tuitubou told the youths there that “Government, through the Youth and Sports Ministry, is on the island to ensure that youth issues and concerns are taken into consideration.”

“The Ministry is empowering rural youth clubs to understand that their voice could make a huge difference in their community, and that their creative ideas are worth exploring to give them more motivation and fuel to bring about positive change in life,” said Hon. Tuitubou.

Najia youth leader Voniani Qoro said; “We are so grateful for the Minister’s visit. It has created a greater awareness of the services available within Government and we have been empowered to strengthen our relations with the Ministry in the future”.

“We have resources that we can utilise and we are interested in venturing into some form of income generating projects that will benefit the youths and our community,” added Qoro.