MP Nawaikula’s De­bate Time Cut Short

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Apoint of or­der was raised in Par­lia­ment last night against Op­po­si­tion SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula.

Min­is­ter for Fish­eries Semi Koroilavesau raised the point of or­der, say­ing Mr Nawaikula was mis­lead­ing Par­lia­ment for mak­ing com­ments on an au­dit re­port while dis­cus­sions were be­ing held on an an­nual re­port.

The point of or­der was raised dur­ing the de­bate for the com­mit­tee re­port on the Min­istry for Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment 2015 an­nual re­port.

Mr Koroilavesau said the au­dit re­port should be dis­cussed when the par­lia­men­tary Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee sits.

Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Mr Nawaikula was a joke. How­ever, Mr Nawaikula was per­sis­tent that he con­tinue with his state­ment and said he was there to help Gov­ern­ment do their work

Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment Jone Usa­mate waded into the de­bate, say­ing MPs were there to de­bate the an­nual re­port of the com­mit­tee.

He said the Speaker had once ruled dur­ing a pre­vi­ous sit­ting that Mr Nawaikula needed to stick to the re­port that was un­der dis­cus­sion.

Speaker of Par­lia­ment Dr Jiko Lu­veni said she had been ad­vised that they needed to move the mo­tion to de­bate the re­port and ter­mi­nated Mr Nawaikula’s time.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Mr Nawaikula failed to re­mem­ber that there was a spe­cialised com­mit­tee known as the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC,) whose job is to as­sess the re­port of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral.

He said no­body de­nied Mr Nawaikula’s right, but MPs needed to fol­low pro­cesses and have con­struc­tive de­bate.

Mean­while, ear­lier on, Mr Nawaikula had tabled a let­ter to Par­lia­ment, which was handed to the Gov­ern­ment.

Mt Sayed-Khaiyum said Mr Nawaikula’s let­ter, which was tabled in Par­lia­ment last night, was based on an in­di­vid­ual from the Mar­itime Academy who was about to re­tire and prob­a­bly wanted to re­tain his job.

He said that was prob­a­bly the rea­son for the let­ter, which pro­vided no ba­sis.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Mar­itime Cour­ses in the Academy was done through the Mar­itime Safety Author­ity of Fiji un­der cer­tain stan­dards, which had cer­tain par­tic­u­lar re­quire­ments not just in-terms of lec­tur­ers’ qual­i­fi­ca­tions. He said the let­ter from Mr Nawaikula was not cred­i­ble and called on Mr Nawaikula to high­light what hap­pened to the Mar­itime School prior to the academy be­ing set up.

He said it had been in a ter­ri­ble con­di­tion. Min­is­ter for Mar­itime, De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Inia Seruiratu in his sub­mis­sions to the com­mit­tee re­port said the min­istry was do­ing its best to ad­dress all that was in the re­port.

Photo: Ronald Ku­mar

From left: As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion Veena Bhat­na­gar, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing and En­vi­ron­ment, Lorna Eden and Op­po­si­tion Leader Ro Tei­mumu Kepa out­side Par­lia­ment on May 17, 2018.

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