Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana outside Parliament yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI
THE Ministry of Youth and Sports will ensure that training centres and other venues are accessible to people with disabilities.
Paralympian and Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana said his ministry strived to be a provider of equal opportunities for men and women as well as the disabled or youths with special needs.
He made the comments in Parliament which deliberated on the 2016-2017 National Budget.
Mr Delana said the Youth Training Centre in Nasau had enrolled two students with special needs in the Basic Agriculture Program, a testament to the Government’s commitment to inclusion and promoting equal opportunities for all Fijians.
“Through this budget, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and its stakeholders will provide youths with opportunities and tools to make a change,” he said.
“In addition, we wish to provide help targeted at their development so they can contribute towards helping themselves and not rely on the Government all the time.
“Despite, the obstacles young people still face, we believe the ministry will fulfil its national responsibility to seize opportunities provided to us and contribute to making a positive impact on the lives of young people.”
Mr Delana also spoke on the Super Rugby match between the Gallagher Chiefs and the BNZ Crusaders, which was held in Suva last Friday, saying the match proved Fiji’s ability to be a host.
“It also displayed our resolve and passion towards sport, particularly rugby. Fijians from all walks of life braved the famous Suva weather last Friday to watch a world class display of rugby between two great side. We couldn’t have asked for more,” he said.
Mr Delana has also invited any Super Rugby franchise to bring their home match to Fiji next year.