In the last 50 years, the National Federation Party has achieved many things for people of all walks of life in Fiji. Some of its major achievements are listed below.
- Establishment of the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF)…
A former magistrate, a women’s advocate, a renowned academic and a senior corporate executive are amongst the latest batch of 7 candidates to be endorsed by the National Federation Party to contest the September 17 general elections. The latest announcement follows 6 endorsements in Ba and Lautoka over the weekend and brings the total number of candidates endorsed by the NFP so far to 37.
The National Federation Party has today announced three more candidates to contest the 2014 General Elections under the Party’s banner, bringing to 27 the official number of candidates announced so far. The announcement was made during a Party meeting at Ba Sangam Primary School Hall today. The meeting as attended by 60 Branch and village committee delegates.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following are excerpts of the speech delivered by National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad at the NFP Convention on 29th March.
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.
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.