Office of the Prime Minister Assistant Minister Hon Sakiusa Tubuna met with RFMF personnel who are currently deployed to Vanuatu to assist with the response efforts following Severe Tropical Cyclone Judy and Severe Tropical Cyclone Kevin that made landfall within 48 hours of each other.
Hon.Tubuna and his delegation attending the 2nd Pacific Ministerial Dialogue on Pathways for the Global Just Transition Away from Fossil Fuels departed for the mainland immediately after the Dialogue’s official event in the evening where Hon Tubuna used the opportunity to network with other Climate and Environment Ministers from Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tonga, Niue and the Solomon Islands.
Hon.Tubuna reminded soldiers that Fiji was always looked up to in the role we play in the Pacific.
“You have been selected to assist with the disaster response work here in Vanuatu. While you are here, it demonstrates the commitment we have to regionalism and strengthening our leadership with other island States. I urge you to look out for our Vanuatu brothers and sisters and we are certain that you will do your work well before returning home.
“Your priority is to serve and your Government is grateful that you are able to heed the call to be here to serve. I also thank the Fijian community here in Vanuatu for looking after your wellbeing since you arrived. It demonstrates the special nature of our culture, the manner in which we look out for each other and essentially that extends to our Pacific neighbours like Vanuatu.”
Hon.Tubuna also assured soldiers that the People’s Coalition Government would serve all Fiji citizens irrespective of their political affiliation.
“The election is now over and your Coalition Government will serve all Fiji citizens no matter which way you voted. We are determined to lift develop our villages and lift the living standards of our people. There is so much funding available to help us achieve that and we are committed to it.”
Thirty-six soldiers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) have been deployed to Vanuatu to assist in recovery efforts after they training at the Blackrock Camp before their departure.
During his visit, Hon.Tubuna encouraged soldiers to ask questions about Government’s policies.