Understanding the works of Parliament has now been made clearer to the villagers of Nayavu in Wainibuka, Tailevu following the “Parliament Bus” programme conducted in the village yesterday afternoon.
Village headman Mr Isaia Bobo said most of them were sometimes misled about the existence of Parliament but now, they have a better idea about the operations of the august House.
“Sometimes, rural dwellers like us are easily swayed, typically, by hearsay news and this often generates negativities towards how things are done in Parliament,” he said.
“But now, we are really fortunate that the outreach team has presented to us, in detail, about the roles and functions of Parliament, its composition, the Members, the roles of the Speaker and more importantly, how laws are made.”
“This is a good learning opportunity for us and it’s only proper that we have more of these kinds of awareness programmes so that we are able to engage with Parliament.”
Meanwhile, the outreach team also visited Wainibuka Secondary School for the purpose of educating the students and teachers about Parliament.
Deputy School Head Boy, Mataiasi Ratabu said this was the first time for most of them to know fully well about Parliament.
“We don’t even know how laws are made in Parliament, let alone the tradition of the dragging of the Speaker but now, we are so thankful to have been enlightened by the team,” he said.
Social Science Head of Department Mr Paula Celua said the information gained from the presentation would certainly benefit the students in their studies.
“This is useful information and we thank the team for choosing our school and bringing Parliament down to us,” he said.