Staff of the Fijian Parliament yesterday bid farewell to one of its colleagues, Mr Nikotimo Rasei, the former Manager Research, Science, Technology and Environment following a two-year stint with the institution.
Mr Rasei, a dedicated career civil servant for about 31 years, 16 years of which he spent as a teacher has been labelled as a “loyal and devoted” individual who had so much passion about his work.
In a moving sendoff address during the SG Hour, Secretary-General to Parliament meet, Mrs Viniana Namosimalua said Mr Rasei has been a great colleague and friend for us here in Parliament.
“We are also here today to show our respect and love for our dear colleague. Mr Rasei has been the “go to” person for the preparation of speeches for Hon. Speaker, MPs including myself.”
“You have made a lasting impression through the lives of the students you have taught and your colleagues here in Parliament,” Mrs Namosimalua told Mr Rasei.
“We are going to miss you but this isn’t goodbye as we know you will keep in touch and we will cross paths again now and then.”
“Thank you for everything you have given to the service, especially to Parliament and we wish you a very happy retirement,” Mrs Namosimalua added.
While delivering his farewell message, Mr Rasei encouraged the staff to work to the best of their abilities.
“Come what may, do your work to your level best and always adhere to the rules and regulations, and the codes of conduct of the organisation,” he said.
“Always remember that you represent the organisation you work for, even when you are not at work. Your behaviour and how you carry yourself speaks volume of your organization,” Mr Rasei said.
The programme yesterday also included the planting of two ‘yaka’ trees by the Secretary-General in front of Parliament House, to mark the International Day of Forests that was celebrated on Wednesday, 21st March 2018.