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2016 Hibiscus festival opened

With the growing number of road accidents on our roads, the 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival theme “Road Safety- Is Everyone’s Responsibility” is indeed fitting. President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote stressed this point while officiating at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival held at the Vodafone Arena yesterday. Mr Konrote urged all Fijians to […]

Salote Qalubau

August 14, 2016 6:57 am

With the growing number of road accidents on our roads, the 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival theme “Road Safety- Is Everyone’s Responsibility” is indeed fitting.

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote while speaking at the 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival opening. (Fijian Government)
President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote while speaking at the 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival opening. (Fijian Government)

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote stressed this point while officiating at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival held at the Vodafone Arena yesterday.

Mr Konrote urged all Fijians to be responsible when using the roads be they pedestrians or drivers.

KONROTE: “The road fatalities continue to rise, as of 8 August, our road death toll stood at 38. This is equivalent to five or six people dying each month. It is a very sad and worrying trend for us as a Nation that about 38 families are without a child, a mother or a father or a grandparent.”

“One life lost on our roads is already one too many and as caring Fijians, we must all work together to protect each other and create greater awareness on this issue because the more we talk about it the more people are aware and the more our chances are of saving more lives.”

His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote greets stall vendors at the 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival. (Fijian Government)
His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote greets stall vendors at the 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival. (Fijian Government)

President Konrote thanked Vodafone Hibiscus Festival for providing this platform to widely publicize the importance of road safety and to create greater awareness within our communities.

KONROTE: ” Let us take this message into our homes, our neighborhoods, our schools and our work places. Let us not be complacent to allow one more family to lose a loved one through a road accident. I believe that together we can make the difference and I urge you all to echo this them even beyond this festival.”

A total of twelve Queens, Kings, Teens, and ten Prince and Princess contestants will be competing in the festival.

The 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival will conclude next Saturday.

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