‘He served Fijians well’

Ulukalisi Bale Naiqamu with her grandchildren at her home in Natabua, Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

The family of former Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu say they are at peace knowing he served Fijians well during his term in Parliament.

His wife, Ulukalisi Bale Naiqamu, said her husband had a heart for serving people and was passionate about serving rural Fijians during his ministerial term.

Mrs Naiqamu said during his term, he oversaw the planting of seven million trees.

He died on Sunday morning at his Natabua, Lautoka home surrounded by his immediate family members.

“He believed in serving people and this was what he did all his life,” Mrs Naiqamu said.

“He never differentiated people, our family home is home to everyone and we are not used to the house being empty, our home is always filled with relatives, many are now working and have their own families.

“He will not turn a person away from his home empty-handed, even until he earned a seat in Parliament. He would make sure to heed the need of people who turn to him for help.”

Mr Naiqamu resigned from his ministerial post in June last year because of his deteriorating health.

Before becoming a member of Parliament, he was CEO of the Fiji Pine Trust – a trust that represents pine plantation landowner rights.

He will be laid to rest at his Taunamasi home at Nawaicoba, Nadi on Friday.

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