Parents must prioritise their children - Tikoduadua

Parents must prioritise their children - Tikoduadua

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 13/06/2024
Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration Pio Tikoduadua

Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration Pio Tikoduadua is calling on parents and communities to take responsibility for looking after children as the government cannot control what goes beyond school hours.

While responding to questions on fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan on what plans are there for the safety of our children, Tikoduadua says when you receive a report where a child is discovered with drugs in schools and that the drug is given to that child by their parents, one wonders what is the motivation behind this.

He says drastic steps were taken during the Coca-Cola Games, where sniffer dogs were used, but still people were bringing drugs.

The Minister says the Government has its own initiatives under the Education Ministry to try and prevent and stop the harm of drugs in the lives of children.

He adds parents must prioritise their children.

The Minister says the government is willing to tackle this issue and protect children from drugs through harm reduction and working with the Ministry for Education, Ministry for Women and Children and all its agencies.

He says however at the end of the day, it calls for parental responsibility.

Click here for more stories from the Talanoa Session on Illicit Drugs and Substance Use Disorders in Fiji

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