The newly sworn-in Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Semi Koroilavesau looks forward to continuing the commendable work of his predecessor.
The former Government whip was today sworn-in by His Excellency the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, at Government House in the presence of Acting Prime Minister, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Cabinet Ministers.
Koroilavesau said he was humbled and honoured to be singled out and although he did not expect the appointment, he will take up the challenge of trying to keep up the work done by his predecessor, President elect Jioji Konrote.
I have to keep up with the work (done) and try to emulate his (Mr Konrote) achievements in the last 12 months, Koroilavesau said.
The Minister said as Government whip he had to be in Parliament three out of four weeks a month attending Parliament sittings and Standing Committee meetings but it will have to be extended further.
The Government has done very well, we have a caucus of 32 and there is comradeship despite the challenges thrown our way, Koroilavesau said.
The first order of business for the new Minister, who was accompanied by his wife and family at the ceremony, is to be briefed by his permanent secretary before he gets into the role of the Ministry head.