President says recent drug seizures require review of Illicit Drug Act

President says recent drug seizures require review of Illicit Drug Act

By Mosese Raqio
Monday 04/03/2024
President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere

The recent seizure of approximately four tonnes of methamphetamine requires the review of the Illicit Drugs Control Act and related legislation.

This was highlighted by President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere while officiating at the opening of the 2024 Parliament session today.

Ratu Wiliame says the National Defence Review is ongoing to address the changing security landscape.

He says the Fiji Police Force will collaborate with counterparts in source countries to curb the smuggling and trans-shipment of illicit drugs to and through Fiji.

He adds partnerships with religious bodies, community leaders, and other stakeholders are crucial in the fight against crime and drug trafficking.

Ratu Wiliame says the review of Defence, Immigration and National Security legislation will be given priority.

He further says that the government is working with our development partners in exploring options for the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal the pain and scars left by the events of 1987, 2000 and 2006.

Ratu Wiliame says the Coalition Government is committed to protecting and preserving our traditions, cultures, and languages to promote social cohesion among our people.

He adds to accomplish this, the Ministry of Multi-Ethnic Affairs will launch a new policy framework that will enhance social cohesion among all ethnic communities through sound policies, consultations, and inclusiveness.

Ratu Wiliame also mentioned that education will continue to be a priority.

He says the implementation of the Education Summit outcomes outlined in the Denarau Declaration, will be pursued.

He adds this includes the review and modernization of the Education Act and relevant laws, policies and programs.

The President also highlighted that the government, is committed to implementing the National Action Plan for Women’s Economic Empowerment and that gender-responsive budgeting across all sectors will be implemented this year.

He says the Child Justice Bill and Childcare and Protection Bill to modernize and strengthen the legislative framework for children will be a priority as well this year.

Ratu Wiliame says the government will continue to enhance social protection programmes complemented with coverage for climate and disaster shocks through the adaptive social protection framework.

Meanwhile, Parliament has been adjourned to 9am next Monday, 11th of March 2024.

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