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Banaban people urged to work together: Fiji Minister

NUKU, Rabi --- Fiji's Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Col Inia Seruiratu has called on the Banaban community to work closely with each other for the development of Rabi Island.

As the Banaban people on the island of Rabi gathered in numbers at the Nuku ground to commemorate the 1st arrival of the Banaban people on the Island since 1945, the Minister paid tribute to their growing contribution towards Fiji’s overall development.

In his address, the Minister acknowledged the hardships faced by their elders during the early days of settlement and challenged them on the values of working with each other as a community.

“A better Rabi is only possible if the Banaban people work together, but first you need to change your mindset, change the way you think. This is not the time to think about the problems – look at the opportunity and move on with your life.

“We also need good leadership who can set directions,” Minister Seruiratu added.

Rabi Administrator Karia Christopher emphasised that it was also important for the people of Rabi to maintain their identity.

“This is a very special day for the Banaban people all over the world. We celebrate the achievements made by our elders in their early days of settlements.

“It is also important that we maintain our identity as Banaban people,” Christopher added.

December 15 is celebrated annually to commemorate the resettlement of the Banaban people in Rabi from Banaba, also known as the Ocean Islands.

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