“Our doctors and nurses, and the members of our disciplined forces deserve much more than our gratitude. For their sake as well as our own, we must remain vigilant and disciplined as we face the threat that is very much before us, and very much alive.”

This was message made by His Excellency, the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote while officiating at the opening of the 2020-2021 session of Parliament today.

As Parliament convenes for the 2020-2021 session in the midst of a global crisis, President Konrote said #Fiji was fortunate and did the hard work of locking down the country to protect our people.

In a truly patriotic, whole-of-nation effort, we achieved what few countries could; we contained the virus. It has been more than 220 days since the last case of #COVID-19 among the public.

“We may feel safe from the suffering of this pandemic, here in our COVID-contained country in the middle of the Pacific.”

“I can assure you that we are not. This virus will never offer humanity an unconditional surrender. Countries, states, and cities that thought they had this virus on the ropes have seen the return of this insidious, invisible and unrelenting enemy.”

“As parliamentarians, as dutiful parents and grandparents, and as caring children, we must remain ever alert and ever mindful of the consequences of any lapse in caution.

We have worked too hard and sacrificed too much to give ground in our shared campaign to contain this virus.”

Meanwhile, President Konrote inspected a 100 men Guard of Honour mounted by the members of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Fiji Navy.


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