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President Konrote acknowledges girmit labourers

His Excellency The President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote today officiated at the 137th Girmit Day celebrations at Syria Park in Nausori. He called on all Fijians to work in togetherness to move Fiji forward. KONROTE: “Today, we see a Fiji that is free from division, free from discrimination and free from stereotyping and this […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 14, 2016 6:35 pm

His Excellency The President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote today officiated at the 137th Girmit Day celebrations at Syria Park in Nausori.

President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konousi Konrote at Syria Park in Nausori earlier today. (Fijian Government)
President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote during a tour at Syria Park in Nausori today. (Fijian Government)

He called on all Fijians to work in togetherness to move Fiji forward.

KONROTE: “Today, we see a Fiji that is free from division, free from discrimination and free from stereotyping and this is the national spirit of amity built over the years. The Constitution has declared that everyone is a Fijian and this affirms the solidarity we have as a nation.”

“In my capacity as the President of Fiji, I consider it prudent and indeed fitting to acknowledge and give credit to the indentured or girmit labourers for choosing to stay back in Fiji and make a living for themselves.”

President Konrote said the government is making every effort to remove all barriers to unity.

KONROTE: ”¬†We need to support this effort by embracing the different cultures that exist around us and work together towards a peaceful and prosperous future. We should be united and stronger in our diversity.”

The President said history is a significant element in our progress as a nation.

KONROTE: “We need to understand the history behind us to allow us to ponder and wisely choose the pathways we need to follow to improve our lives as we journey together into the future. The original forms of our history needs to be revitalized to ensure that we safeguard our common identity and its significance.”

President Konrote said the Girmit labourers have contributed immensely to the social, cultural and economic development for the nation.

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