GIS - 13 March, 2020: All citizens should work together towards the common goal of ensuring a united, prosperous and healthier nation. We must also double efforts to foster a more environmentally sustainable society, maintain road safety, combat social evils such as drugs, as well as mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This was the gist of the message of the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, to the nation on the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of the Independence and 28th anniversary of the Republic of Mauritius, on 12 March 2020.
In his address to the population, Prime Minister Jugnauth stated that this 12 March is an occasion to reflect on past achievements of the country and to look forward to a brighter future. Our ancestors, he underlined, have, since independence in 1968, significantly contributed to the development of Mauritius and each citizen should take pride of the country’s pathway. Government, he said, will work with the same determination, values and principles so as to propel the country’s economy to new heights as well as to improve the lives of the citizens.
Speaking about the outbreak of Covid-19, he stressed that Government is doing its utmost best to protect the population by implementing and consolidating all essential and preventive measures. All efforts will be made to protect the island, however, it is important for each and everyone to be vigilant, follow the advice of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and consequently take all required precautions, Mr Jugnauth stated. In line with the economic repercussion of Covid-19, necessary measures are being taken to limit expenditures, he added.
Moreover, the Prime Minister recalled the need for a cleaner, healthier, and an eco-friendly environment for the future generations and the theme retained for this year’s National Day Celebrations “Lanatir nou Lavenir”. The theme is aligned to Government’s commitment to make the protection and safeguard of the environment, a priority.
With regard to the drugs scourge, he emphasised that Government will continue to lead a merciless fight against drug mafia and thwart the traffic of drugs across the Mauritian territory.
The Prime Minister also deplored the increasing number of road accidents and appealed to the population to respect traffic rules and to demonstrate a sense of responsibility on road.
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