Buli­tavu’s non­sense

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Tukai Lag­o­ni­lakeba


Will Mos­ese Buli­tavu’s at­tack of Minister for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, change a thing rel­e­vant to his crit­i­cism of three min­is­te­rial port­fo­lio’s he holds? This is not about power as al­luded to by MP Buli­tavu. Our Prime Minister Voreqe Bain­i­marama sees it as crit­i­cal min­is­te­rial Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments that re­quires very ur­gent at­ten­tion

for a me­chan­i­cal over­haul, re-en­gi­neer­ing and wheels re-align­ment, but the best most qual­i­fied can­di­date is Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and why not? That is the pre­rog­a­tive and the call of the Fi­jiFirst party Gov­ern­ment leader in al­lo­cat­ing his cab­i­net min­is­ters ac­cord­ingly and it is not the busi­ness of the op­po­si­tion SODELPA MP to dic­tate to Gov­ern­ment, when we need his opin­ion we will then ask or oth­er­wise get your house in or­der first and leave the run­ning of Gov­ern­ment to the rul­ing party as man­dated to. This is done to en­sure Gov­ern­ment sets its pri­or­i­ties in or­der and meets its obli­ga­tions to its many elec­tion prom­ises from its party man­i­festo and poli­cies to en­sure Gov­ern­ment ser­vices is pro­gres­sive, in­dis­crim­i­nately achieved and de­liv­ered ac­cord­ingly ir­re­spec­tive where those long for­got­ten or­di­nary Fi­jians live, we will reach them and re­mem­ber; “No Fi­jian Will Be Left Be­hind” on our way for­ward and that is also well in line with the pro­vi­sions of our 2013 Con­sti­tu­tion. 1. As a Minister for Justice and At­tor­ney­Gen­eral in it­self it au­to­mat­i­cally in­her­its the func­tions of the of­fices of the Ju­di­ciary, ODPP, Prose­cu­tions, So­lic­i­tor-Gen­eral and Par­lia­ment. 2. In wear­ing his hat as Minister for Econ­omy, it is crit­i­cally im­por­tant that he is tasked to stream­line our civil ser­vice and Gov­ern­ments var­i­ous Pub­lic En­ter­prises in or­der they max­imise on their ser­vice de­liv­ery of

Gov­ern­ment prod­ucts to the Fi­jian peo­ple. Also im­por­tantly to max­imise on their re­spec­tive earn­ing ca­pac­ity to achieve good bot­tom line fig­ures in re­turn.

Great to note the very large his­tor­i­cal profit mar­gins gained in the turn­around of these var­i­ous Gov­ern­ment busi­ness en­tity that has been long ne­glected. 3. The Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has long been politicised over the years and have failed to de­liver, its func­tion’s needs to be relooked at holis­ti­cally to ben­e­fit the Fi­jian peo­ple.

I re­al­is­ti­cally do not want to com­pare the Bio­data of the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and his critic to jus­tify the ap­point­ments. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is only the ex­ec­u­tive au­thor­ity and po­lit­i­cal ap­pointee of the three Min­is­te­rial port­fo­lios he com­mands. All in all those Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments have very highly paid ex­pe­ri­enced qual­i­fied Per­ma­nent Sec­re­taries [PS] Deputy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­taries and Min­istry Di­rec­tors who daily over­see, reg­u­late, ad­min­is­ters and man­age their poli­cies to en­sure its de­part­ments’ smooth run­ning. Buli­tavu’s unwarranted call is un­nec­es­sary and is be­low the belt in that it dis­re­spect­fully un­der­mines the in­tegrity and ques­tions the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of those hard­work­ing and ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vants in Gov­ern­ment.

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