Kadavu, 13th December- In celebrating the power and potential of youths, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka today officiated at the Kadavu Youth Festival in Namalata District School, emphasising the need for youth empowerment.

This marked the Prime Minister’s first visit to Kadavu since assuming office last December.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports-organised event brought together youths from the nine districts on the island for an opportunity to showcase their skills, talents and creativity, and a time of meaningful dialogue.

Speaking in the itaukei language, PM Rabuka stressed the need for community collaboration to address problems involving youths particularly, the use of illicit substance among young farmers in Kadavu.

For this, he noted the importance of more awareness on the sustainable agricultural production of yaqona and dalo on the island.

In recognising the potential of agriculture and sports in reducing youth unemployment, the Head of the Coalition Government highlighted that the festival aims to inspire and equip youth for success and positive societal impact.

The event featured talent and agriculture shows, oratory contest, a rugby sevens tournament, traditional competition and dances, and government services displays.

The Prime Minister commended the Minister for Youth and Sports Hon. Jese Saukuru and his team for organising such an important event, at the same time, emphasised the need for more dedicated networking spaces for youth-led programs.

He also urged the youths on the island to strive for excellence in every area of their lives and continue to be good citizens of Fiji.

PM Rabuka concluded by reassuring the youths and people of Kadavu that the government will continue to develop the island to improve their lives.

The Kadavu Youth Festival, the first of its kind, was attended by about 500 youths and islanders who took time out to take advantage of the government services on offer at the Namalata District School grounds.

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