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PM Bainimarama Promises New School Block

Students of Valebasoga Secondary School in Labasa will have a new school block after they made a request to the Government directly.

The students took part in the official opening of the Government Service Centre in Labasa, which was opened by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama this morning.

The head of Government spoke with the students and expressed his delight after hearing them sing the national anthem in all the three official languages.

Today’s event was an opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister directly, some of them for the first time.

The head of Government has commended the students for their hard work and has urged each one of them to continue working hard.

He has urged Government officials to begin the process of building a new school block.

Meanwhile, today the Prime Minister spoke directly to the staff at the Government Service Centre and emphasised to them on their role in the Government’s pursuit of development in the North.

Tui Macuata Ratu Aisea Katonivere commended Government on the move to establish a Government Service Centre in the North, which he highlighted, would boost Government’s presence.

He pointed out that while this new development has been long overdue, its opening today has been welcomed by the Northern community.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s Speech at the Opening of the Labasa Government Service Centre

Bula vinaka and a very good morning to you all.

It’s great to be in Labasa again on my tour of the Northern Division.

As your Prime Minister, I regard the delivery of basic services to all Fijians as the Government’s main priority.

I want Government to keep its promises to the people to deliver, not just pay lip service to the idea, which is what we all know happened in the past.

Keeping promises is one thing. But Government also has to be present in our communities and actively engage with them.

It’s not good enough to make speeches in Suva. I have made it my mission to get out into the country and to travel around Fiji’s many islands, to meet ordinary people, understand their concerns and do what I can to address their needs.

That is why it gives me so much pleasure to be among you in Labasa to launch another milestone in Fiji’s development – Government for the people, with the people.

Today, we’re launching the first Government Service Centre in the Northern Division to address the needs and demands for locally-available Government services, after opening centres in Nausori and Lautoka late last year.

The one in Nausori is for residents of the Central Division, the one in Lautoka is for the Western Division, and now the one in Labasa is for the Northern Division.

In many ways, having a Centre here is the most important of all because of how isolated many Fijians in the North are from the main hub of Government in Suva. People living here can have access to a whole range of services that until now, might have required a trip to the capital. And we all know that for many, this just wasn’t possible.

No longer will this be the case. This Centre will provide a single point – a one-stop shop – for at least 20 separate Government agencies.

The Service Centre means what it says – service. We are serving the people, the taxpayers and their dependents, who deserve much higher standards of attention, efficiency, courtesy and respect.

Thank you. Vinaka Vakalevu.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s Speech at the Opening of the Nausori Government Service Centre

Bula vinaka and a very good morning to you all.

As your Prime Minister, I regard the delivery of basic services to all Fijians as the Government’s main priority.

I want Government to keep its promises to the people to deliver, not just pay lip service to the idea, which is what we all know happened in the past.

Keeping promises is one thing. But Government also has to be present in our communities and actively engage with them.

It’s not good enough to make speeches in Suva. I have made it my mission to get out into the country, to meet ordinary people, understand their concerns and do what I can to address their needs.

That is why it gives me so much pleasure today to be among you in Nausori to launch another milestone in Fiji’s development – Government for the people, with the people.

Today, we’re launching the first of our Government Service Centres to bring us closer to the people. This one in Nausori is for residents of the Central Division. Later in the week, I’ll be opening another one in Lautoka for the Western Division.

The third is in Labasa for the Northern Division and should be operational by the first week of December.

And the present Government Information Referral Centre in downtown Suva will soon be re-branded as a Government Service Centre or GSC for Suva and surrounding areas of the capital.

The GSC means what it says – service. We are serving the people, the taxpayers and their dependents who deserve much higher standards of attention, efficiency, courtesy and respect.

These centres will provide a single point – a one-stop shop – for at least 20 separate Government agencies.

We’ve reviewed and re-engineered the functions, systems and processes of the various Ministries.

We’ve embraced the use of information technology to transform the operations of Government.

And most importantly, we are working to change the culture of the Civil Service so that it responds better to the needs of our people.

There is still too much red tape, buck-passing, incompetence, slackness and corruption.

But fortunately the majority of civil servants work diligently, competently and wear the tag of servant to the nation with pride.

I appeal to those who will resource these GSC’s to set a new standard of service, to show our people that Government really cares.

We have a new Fijian Hosts program at Nadi Airport in which front-line workers are urged to show Fiji’s friendliest face to our overseas visitors.

Let’s start showing the same level of consideration in Government for all Fijians.

This is part of our vision for a new Fiji, to make life easier for every Fijian dealing with Government Departments and Agencies.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have much pleasure in declaring this Government Service Centre open.

Thank you. Vinaka vakalevu.