Our mind set needs to change to be able to grasp the new things that are happening now in Parliament.
These were the sentiments shared by 66-year old Sosiceni Moce, Mata ni Tikina Naboubuco of Rewasau Village in the highlands of Naitasiri after the Meet the Speaker programme in his village yesterday.
“Taking in new things are not usually easy for us as our minds are restricted to the way things are usually done in the past.”
“The visit today and the enlightenment by the Speaker has shed some light and helped us better understand how laws are made in Parliament.”
“Fiji One and FBC television channels are not accessible in our village and we are so thankful for the Speaker to bring down this important information to us, the rural dwellers,” Mr Moce said.
He was also amazed at how the Speaker carries out her role in Parliament.
“As the first woman Speaker and controlling our male-dominated Parliament, her role is not easy as she tries to handle the pressure in that environment and tries to make agreeable decisions.”
Mr Moce highlighted the need to have more of these educational visits so that the villagers continue to be enlightened and educated on the new things that are happening in Parliament and in our nation as a whole.
Similar sentiments were raised by Mrs Pai Marama as she was one of the women present during the presentation.
“I’m so grateful for the Speaker to visit our village in the interior of Naitasiri to enlighten us on her role as Speaker and how Parliament operates.”
Meanwhile, a similar programme will be held in Naqelewai village tomorrow, Thursday 9th August, 2018.