Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka visited the village of Dogoru in Macuata this afternoon to thank it’s people for supporting his invitation to perform a meke at the first Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) meeting this year.
The first GCC meeting in 2023 was convened after the People’s Coalition Government was sworn in on 24 December, 2022.
Prime Minister Rabuka had extended the invitation following the opening of the Vunikawakawa crossing.
Addressing villagers, Prime Minister Rabuka said that he had planned to fulfil his customary obligation of ‘qusiniloaloa’ (expression of gratitude) to the people of Dogoru as a way of reciprocating their goodwill in agreeing to perform a meke on the chiefly island of Bau.
He urged the men to look after the welfare of their women and children and, work together to build the family’s spiritual growth.
Prime Minister Rabuka said he had received reports that crime was not an urban issue but laws were being breached in villages.
He reiterated that the People’s Coalition Government had removed the ‘soli ni yasana’ and that the Methodist Church would also look into removing the ‘soli vaka misinare’ to ease the burden on the i-taukei.
He urged elders to teach their children the good values of hard-work; a strong spiritual foundation and the resolve to grow into responsible citizens.