President Jioji Konusi Konrote visited the Christ the King Primary School at Sumi in Rotuma on the seventh and final day of his official tour of his remote island.
H.E President Konrote met with the students, teachers and parents of the school before his team planted 30 more trees in the school compound successfully completing the aim of their visit.
In support of Government initiative of planting 4 million trees within 4 years.
President Konrote told the students of Christ the King Primary School the importance sustainably managing their island environment.
“Because of climate change we are having a lot of problem like soil erosion, coral bleaches, and changing weather pattern,” H.E Konrote said.
In my capacity as the President I am also championing the fight against NCD.”
“For your information Fiji tops the world as one of the country with the highest rate of diabetes and other NCD related ailments. This is nothing to be proud about,” H.E Konrote said.
His Excellency reiterated to the student of the school to avoid eating noodles because it causes them to loose concentration.
“It took only 2 minutes to cook a packet of noodles, but it takes away 2 minutes of a child’s listening span,” H.E Konrote said.
“To you parents remember that seated in front of us this morning are the future leaders of our community and our nation.”
“You need to feed them with the right food to avoid having diabetes.Stop giving them genetically modified foods. Because it is alarming that in the world today, in every 6 seconds someone dies from diabetes,” H.E Konrote said.
“Government has been advocating the Fijians to become productive citizens. However, NCD related ailments also affects productivity.”
John Tami a well known retired secondary school teacher who is assisting the management of Christ the King Primary School in Rotuma praised H.E Konrote for his noble speech on behalf of the school.
“Your Excellency, today is very important historical occasion for the catholic church in Rotuma and for Christ the King Primary and Secondary.”
“To be visited by the President of Fiji which is a very special day for all of us. Especially because the President is the most distinguished, the most decorated Rotuman,” Tami said.
“The fact that he grew up in Rotuma makes us even more prouder. And I hope that our young ones that are growing up will be inspired and inspire for greater things.”
“We are thankful for your noble advice on NCD and living a healthy life. And making us aware of the negative impacts of climate change on Rotuma. We can see coastal erosion excellerating. We can feel the temperature seem to be increasing. Our coral seem to be bleached.”
“And I am very happy that the President has highlighted simple practical ways that cost us nothing but will empower us to actually do something,instead of seating down and waiting for government assistance.” Tami said.
‘Things like eating nutritious food, in Rotuma food and fruits are abundance. Its for us to actually change our mindset and follow the whole idea of wellness.”
“After listening to your presentation and the way you present sir, what came out loud and clear to me is your personality.”
“I would like to thank you for your humility, for your integrity, for your simplicity, for your dedication and for your love and concern for the nation and especially for those of us who are in Rotuma,” Mr Tami said.