Kuru Cred­its Suc­cess to Late Lt-Col Alif­er­eti

Grad­u­ate re­mem­bers man who en­abled him to study

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN arishma.narayan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Semi Kuru, an em­ployee of the Min­istry of Pro­vin­cial Devel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter, and as of yes­ter­day, a Uni­ver­sity of the South Pa­cific grad­u­ate has at­trib­uted his lat­est achieve­ment to the late Lieu­tenant-Colonel Filipe Petero Alif­er­eti. Mr Kuru, who is a pro­vin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor for Tailevu, said it was only when Lieu­tenant-Colonel Alif­er­eti signed his ap­pli­ca­tion in 2012 he was able to pur­sue his Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion. This ap­pli­ca­tion al­lowed Mr Kuru to work and study at the same time. “I want to ac­knowl­edge our for­mer Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Pro­vin­cial Devel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment who passed away two weeks ago,” he said. “He was the one who ap­proved my ap­pli­ca­tion to al­low me time to study while work­ing. “I wish he was here to­day so I could proudly thank him for his mo­ti­va­tion,” the 48-year-old said. Mr Kuru ar­rived from Suva yes­ter­day to at­tend his grad­u­a­tion in Lautoka. He said his study was in line with Gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion. “First of all our man­age­ment is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­body to go and fur­ther their stud­ies. It’s no longer a time where peo­ple are re­ly­ing on the ex­pe­ri­ence to carry out the work,” he said. “So they want us to go and up­grade our hu­man cap­i­tal in that sense to clearly meet the ob­jec­tive of Gov­ern­ment in the re­form from so­cial to in­come-gen­er­at­ing projects.” He said what he learned would help him bet­ter un­der­stand so­ci­ety. He thanked his fam­ily and es­pe­cially his wife for her con­tin­u­ous sup­port. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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