His Excellency, the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote was impressed with the development works on Rotuma. On his fourth day of tour, President Konrote visited the various Government facilities and met civil servants working on these projects on the island.

After inspecting the military parade by the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Engineers, President Konrote toured the Rotuma Hospital which is currently under construction. Once completed, the new hospital will uplift the standard of medical services delivered on the island.

President Konrote also visited the Rotuma Power House, the Biosecurity office, the Rotuma Virgin Coconut Oil factory, as well as patients at the temporary hospital who are currently being accommodated at the Rotuma Island Council building.

“I am here to visit you in my capacity as Your President of the nation and I am here to tell you that the Fiji Government has very inclusive development strategies. No Fijian will be left behind in our socio-economic policies and plans,” President Konrote said.

President Konrote thanked the civil servants of Rotuma for their hard work and commitment towards the development on the island.

“I am here to thank you, to commend you, to congratulate you on your hard work in making it happen. The Government can put together development policies and strategies, it is people like you who make it happen”

“I would like to thank those of you who have left your families and loved ones back on the mainland, Viti Levu or Vanua Levu. I speak from experience; let me tell you something, it’s not easy to leave your loved ones and to go away.”

“I bring no special gift to thank you individually but with the greetings of the Honorable Prime Minister, the Government and the people of Fiji to commend you for your hard work. Some of you have been here for years. The engineers I’ve been told that after five months they need to head back home. But for civil servants, government officials and NGOs who are based here in Rotuma, it’s going to take a long time before you are heading back home.”

“I would like to say how pleased I am to fly all the way from Nadi within an hour and a half to touch down at the newly-renovated Rotuma Airport. For those of who are familiar with the sea voyage, journey to Rotuma could be a daunting task”

“It’s through your hard work and commitment that all these developments are happening.” “At the end of last year Government extended my term as your President. I am most humble and grateful for the trust and the faith that has been bestowed upon me by Government and the people of Fiji.”