Samisoni forever thankful

Samisoni Naba was among the 38 new lawyers that were admitted to the Bar during their admission ceremony at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Thursday. Picture: RAMA

HAVING to survive with $15 a week as a student living away from home did not deter Samisoni Naba from achieving his goal.

He was among the 38 new lawyers that were admitted to the Bar during their admission ceremony at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Thursday.

The Nadroga native said his experience as a student when he started his tertiary studies at the University of the South Pacific (USP) would be embedded in his mind for the rest of his life.

He said the experience taught him that there was a God that could turn any impossible situation around.

Mr Naba started at USP in 2010 as a law student but he was forced to drop out of school in 2012 because his parents could not afford to pay his tuition.

“My father had retired from his job and when my parents told me about their situation, I accepted it and decided to find work so I went to my aunt who resides in the Western Division to find work,” Mr Naba said.

The 27-year-old said he worked as a canecutter and a logger for a year but that experience did not blind him from finishing his studies.

Mr Naba plans to join a private law firm.

“When I was in school, my parents used to send me $15 a week and I was living with my relatives, it was tough but I am thankful to God and my parents for the support and love,” Mr Naba said.

“I am thankful for this Government for the opportunity as I was awarded a Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) scholarship in 2013 and then I was able to complete my studies.”

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Anthony Gates during the ceremony reminded the new lawyers the importance of reading.

“Keep up your reading. Keep finding out about the law, either about your specialised field or as a courtroom barrister,” Justice Gates said.