AG AN EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT’S ANTI‐POOR STANCE

The Attorney General’s outright rejection of NFP’s commitment to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) from 15% to 10% confirms the current government’s anti-poor stance. It clear that this Government is only concerned about raking as much revenue as possible even if it means squeezing the pockets of the
poor.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, while launching the Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Award, referred to NFP’s election promise to reduce VAT to 10% and mocked me saying being an “economist does not make one a good person for financial and commercial transaction”. Firstly Mr Sayed-Khaiyum should not become a political commentator. He is also the Minister Responsible for Elections. This re-enforces our belief that he should quit as Elections Minister after becoming the general secretary of the Fiji First Party if he wants to indulge in politics.

NFP PRAYER

Almighty God, we your children who are assembled here, embracing as we do all the major religious faiths of this world, pray that we be granted the strength to work for the unity and welfare of all the people of this land, irrespective of race or colour or creed, and grant us the wisdom to treat and consider all matters that come before us without fear, prejudice or ill will towards anyone, so that we may all join hands to promote thy honour and glory here in our land as in the world at large.

NFP’s vision for our people’s future

The following are excerpts from Professor Prasad’s speech delivered at the NFP Convention on 29th March (continued from last week) Creating decent jobs Nowhere is the evidence of failure of government seen more clearly than through unemployment. Thousands of graduates, school leavers, and skilled people cannot find jobs. This is because there has been no growth in manufacturing and agriculture sector. The National Employment Centre tells us that out of 26,000 that registered as jobseekers between 2010 and 2012, only 4,000 found jobs. More recently the figure registered at the NEC has risen to 30,000 and of these 1,000 are University graduates.

NFP – Our People’s Future

The following re excerpts of a speech delivered by the Leader of the National Federation Party Professor Biman Prasad at the NFP Convention at Nadi on Saturday 29th March 2014. I do not underestimate what lies ahead of us. With much humility, a clear understanding about the scale of responsibility and excitement, I have accepted the National Federation Party’s Leadership. The weight of history, I am aware is heavy. Expectations are large. I have accepted a post previously held by some of the finest political leaders in our country, Mr Jai Ram Reddy, Mr. Harish Sharma, the formidable late Mr A D Patel and Late Mr. S.M Koya, people from whom I and so many others draw so much inspiration.

NFP will reduce VAT to 10%

The following are excerpts of the speech delivered by National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad at the NFP Convention on 29th March.
Confronting Fears
As a nation we have lived in fear over the last 7 years. Fear grips our national life. Fear of being heard by someone and reported to authorities, fear of being bullied by those in power, fear of losing jobs, fear of being victimized, fear of losing licenses, fear of being witch hunted by government agencies. Workers, farmers, taxi drivers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, civil servants, academics, journalists, business people, many NGOs have shied away from raising difficult issues because of the fear of being victimized for being critical of the government.

NFP ANNOUNCES FIVE MORE CANDIDATES

The National Federation Party has today announced a further 5 candidates to contest the 2014 general elections. They include the President of the largest cultural organisation in the country, a social worker, a retired school teacher, a post-graduate in international relations and a former Captain of Boeing 747 aircraft.

The latest announcement brings to 24 the number of candidates officially endorsed by the NFP, with more candidates to be announced in the next fortnight, which will make the NFP candidates’ line-up as the only genuinely multiracial and most talented election team to contest the elections.

NFP ANNOUNCES FIVE MORE CANDIDATES

The National Federation Party has today announced a further 5 candidates to contest the 2014 general elections. They include the President of the largest cultural organisation in the country, a social worker, a retired school teacher, a post-graduate in international relations and a former Captain of Boeing 747 aircraft.

The latest announcement brings to 24 the number of candidates officially endorsed by the NFP, with more candidates to be announced in the next fortnight, which will make the NFP candidates’ line-up as the only genuinely multiracial and most talented election team to contest the elections.

The five candidates are: –

  • Sadasivan Naicker

Sadasivan Naicker is a retired Customs Officer. He retired in September last year after almost 39 years of Service. Originally from Koronubu, Ba, Mr Naicker is well known in the Suva-Nausori corridor because of his active involvement in social and community work as well as football.

Mr Naicker has bee actively involved in the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam for the past 32 years. He served Nasinu Sangam in various capacities including as Branch President. At national level, he served as President of TIV Sangam (Sangam’s youth wing).

From 2006 to 2011 he was TISI Sangam’s General Manager. In April 2011, Mr Naicker was elected TISI Sangam’s National President and has led the organisation for the last three years.

Mr Naicker has also served as Chairman of the Nasinu Satelite Carnival for 14 years. He has also served as an Executive Board Member of Fiji Council of Social Services. For the last three years he has been the Chairman of Valelevu Health Centre Board of Visitors.

His passion for soccer saw serve Nasinu Football between 1991 and 2003. He was President of Nasinu Football Association for five years from 1998 to 2003 and was also a Finance Committee Member of Fiji Football Association for 5 years.

Mr Naicker is a recipient of the 25th Independence Anniversary Medal for his social and community work.

  • Frederick Harol Work

Frederick Harol Work is a resident of Lautoka. He has worked in the hospitality industry for many years and is currently the managing director of Top Sand Suppliers Ltd. He also had a rugby stint in Northland, New Zealand.

Mr Work, whose roots are embedded in Nadroga, is a nephew of Christopher Work, a Minister of State in the NFP/FLP Coalition Government of Dr Timoci Uluivuda Bavadra of 1987, deposed in the military coup of May 14, 1987.

Mr Work looks after general welfare issues of Pubic Rental Board residents of Natoqowaqa, Lautoka, is a former member of the Natokowaqa Topline PRB Youth Network Club doing community work and a former Topline Rugby Club Coach.

  • Sant Kumari Murti

Sant Kumari Murti is a retired school teacher of Vunivau, Labasa. She is wel known for her social and community work in the North.

Mrs Murti was a teacher for 32 years from 1979 to 2010 and taught in various secondary schools. She also held acting appointments as a vice principal and HOD Mathematics.

She is a member of the Macuata Provincial Development Board, Member of Women in Politics, Vice President of TISI Maathar Sangam. She has assisted in conducting Social Welfare empowerment programs on issues like gender equality, violence against women, child health and protection, and rights for people with disabilities.

Mrs Murti is passionate about her work towards the uplifting of living standards for rural women.

  • Jone Vakalalabure

Jone Vakalalabure is currently employed as a  Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist by the regional organisation Pacific Leadership Program.

Mr Vakalalabure has a Masters  in International Relations from La Trobe University in Melbourne. He has also worked as a short term advsor for UNDP on Climate Change, worked for 9 years with UN AIDS as Regional Programme Specialist and also for the Fiji Red Cross for 4 years between 1999 and 2003.

Mr Vakalalabure possesses: –

  • Academic and practical knowledge on political and international relatins
  • Experience with minotoring and evaluation work
  • Experience in developing stakeholder relationships

He is fully versed with UN funding, operational and management mechanisms.

  • Captain Rainjesh San

Captain Rainjesh San (pronounced Sen) has worked in the airline industry for 30 years. He worked as a pilot for Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways) for 22 years from 1988 to 2010, during which time he was promoted to a Captain  of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, now the 2nd largest passenger aircraft in the world.

Captain San has a total of 15,319 hours of flying time on several types of aircraft. Of this he has 8000 hours of flying time as command of jet aircraft.

His career objective as been to develop skills and knowledge at all levels. Now Captain San’s objective is to part of a successful Team NFP.

(Also Narendra Reddy who was announced last week will have to take the oath.

Mr Reddy’s record of service to the community and NFP has been exemplary.

NFP ANNOUNCES A NOTHER 8 CANDIDATES

The President of the Fiji Law Society, prominent social and community workers, a prominent women’s rights personality, a backpacker resort owner and a minister in the multi-party Cabinet deposed in the military coup are amongst 8 candidates announced today to contest the forthcoming general elections under the banner of the National Federation Party.

This is the 2nd batch of candidates announced by the NFP following the announcement of eleven candidates a fortnight ago. This brings to 19 the number of candidates announced so far by the NFP.

The 8 candidates are:

NFP ANNOUNCES A NOTHER 8 CANDIDATES

The President of the Fiji Law Society, prominent social and community workers, a prominent women’s rights personality, a backpacker resort owner and a minister in the multi-party Cabinet deposed in the military coup are amongst 8 candidates announced today to contest the forthcoming general elections under the banner of the National Federation Party.

This is the 2nd batch of candidates announced by the NFP following the announcement of  eleven candidates a fortnight ago.  This brings to 19 the number of candidates announced so far by the NFP.

The 8 candidates are: –

  • Dorsami Naidu

Dorsami Naidu is the President of the Fiji Law Society. After graduating as a lawyer from University of Canterbury, New Zealand, he entered private practice in 1983. In 1985, he established his own law firm under the name of Pillai Nadu & Associates in Nadi.

Mr Naidu has held various positions in the Then India Sanmargya Ikya Sangam. He was TISI Sangam President from April 2000 to April 2011.

As Law Society President he was a member of the Judicial Legal Services Commission until April 2009.

Mr Naidu was a NFP Member of Parliament for 7 years between 1992 and 1999. In November 1993 following the debate on the 1994 Budget, he called for a division or vote on the Budget. This led to the defeat of the 1994 Budget, and the fall of the Rabuka Government, resulting in snap general elections in February 1994. He was a member of the Parliamentary Justice, Law & Order Committee.

He contested the 1999 and 2001 general elections. In 2001 he was NFP’s Deputy Leader for the elections. He was NFP’s President from 2004 to 2005.

  • Ragho Nand

Ragho Nand is veteran social worker and a former Member of Parliament. Originally from Labasa he has been a resident of Nausori for several years. He was a school teacher for 34 years.

In 1999, he quit his teaching career to contest the elections as a Fiji Labour Party candidate. He served as a Labour Party MP for seven years from 1999 to 2006. During this time he served as a Member of the parliamentary social services and public accounts committees.

Following the 2006 general elections, he was one of nine FLP Ministers in the SDL-FLP Multi-Party Cabinet that was deposed in a military coup on 5th December 2006. Mr Nand was the Employment Opportunities and Productivity Minister in the Multi-Party Cabinet.

  • Bhim Raj

Bhim Raj of Nausori, is a retired civil servant having worked in the public service for 34 years.  He began his civil service career as a clerical officer in 1976 at the Government Supplies Department. He also worked in a similar position in the Elections Office in 1986 and 1987.

From 1987 to 1994, Mr Raj worked as an Assistant Accountant in the Ministry of Lands. In July 1994, he gained promotion as an Accountant  for two years worked in the Housing and Urban Development Ministry.

Mr Raj served as an Accountant in the Ministries of Agriculture and Multi-Ethnic Affairs, as well as Department of Women. He acted as a Senior Accountant in the Ministry of Health.

  • Eroni Maopa

Original from Qamea Island in the province of Cakaudrove, Eroni Maopa of Nadi is a lawyer.

Mr Maopa was a police officer from 1987 to 1996. He graduated as a lawyer from the University of the South Pacific and has been practicing law for 13 years from 2001. He also has a Diploma in Business Administration & Management from Jersey – Britain – through a correspondence course.

Mr Maopa’s community work involves advising and overseeing development at village level in Qamea Island and Naselai, Tailevu.

  • Latchmaiya Naidu

Latchmaiya Naidu of Labasa is a businessman. He is also a well known social worker. He has served as a Member and Chairman of Old People’s Home, Secretary of Crime Stoppers  Zone 2 Labasa to name a few. He is a Vice President of  TISI Sangam Labasa Branch.

Mr Naidu owns and operates Latchmi Enterprises Ltd.

  • Priscilla Singh

Priscilla Singh is a leading women’s rights personality.

Some of her attributes are: –

  • Nine years experience in policy-making and local-governance, served 3 terms as elected member of Suva City Council between 1996 and 2009.
  • Leadership skills acquired through the trade union movement, political party and NGO participation, Local Government and training.
  • Member of the NFP Management Board. Also served as Secretary of the NFP Women’s Movement, NFP Senior Vice-President Southern as well as a former member of the NFP Selection Committee. She contested the 2006 general elections.
  • Strengths in networking; understanding and appreciating diverse viewpoints; and at ease in cross-cultural settings.
  • Ability in working with all levels in the community including political and religious leaders, NGO’s and civil society.
  • Ability to manage and organize election campaigns, facilitate team work and also to organize events individually.
  • Exposure and networking gained through travel to following countries: United states of America, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Korea, Thailand, Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Timor Leste, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga

Tuinadave Radogo

Tuinadave Radogo, commonly known as Tui Kabu, owns and operates Ratu Kini Backpackers/Dive Resort in Mana Island.

From 2010 he has been the President of the Fiji Independent Backpackers Association.

Mr Radogo is originally from Mualevu village in Vanuabalavu, Lau.  He received his tertiary education at the University of the South Pacific, Andrews University, Michigan, USA and Simon Fraser University in Canada. He has a Diploma in Business Administration.

  • Narendra Reddy
    • Narendra Reddy of Tavua has an exemplary record of service, both to the community as well as the NFP.

      Mr Reddy has fought four elections including a by-election. He successfully contested 4 Sugar Cane Growers Council elections from 1995 to 2004. He was a Sugar Cane Growers Councilor from 1995 to 2009 for the Yaladro Sector in Tavua.

      Mr Reddy served as Vice-Chairman of the Growers Council, member of the Ba Mill Area Committee and member of the Sugar Commission during this time.

      Currently he is the Chairman of Tavua District Advisory Council and a member of the Ba Provincial Development Committee. He has served as Tavua Hospital Board Chairman, Tavua Rural Local Authority Chairman, Tavua Farmers Club Cooperative Association Ltd Chairman and Tavua Andhra Sangam School Chairman.

NFP ANNOUNCES FIRST BATCH OF CANDIDATES

The National Federation Party has today become the first registered political party to formally announce its first batch of candidates to contest the 2014 general elections under the party’s banner.

The first batch of candidates includes, women, youth, a lawyer, former politicians, a trade unionist by profession, cane growers’ representatives, social worker and a medical doctor.

The first lot of candidates are as follows: –

  1. Tupou Draunidalo

Tupou Draunidalo was elected as the first i-taukei President of the NFP on March 29. She is the 2nd woman President. She brings added strength to the party’s multiracial philosophy and character.

Ms Draunidalo received her primary and secondary school education at Draiba, Veiuto, Suva Grammar and Canberra.

She successfully completed her Bachelor of Laws Degree at the Australian National University in Canberra. She was admitted to the Bar of the…