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Dialogue best way to resolve disputes and find solutions to problems

Dialogue best way to resolve disputes and find solutions to problems   A lot of things can be accomplished when people sit down and talk about their grievances or disputes.
24 Feb 2017 11:00
Dialogue best way to resolve disputes and find solutions to problems

Dialogue best way to resolve disputes and find solutions

to problems

 

A lot of things can be accomplished when people sit down and talk about their grievances or disputes.

Lack of knowledge often leads to misunderstanding and distrust. In the bus industry there are lots of issues.

On Wednesday, some of these issues were highlighted in a rare meeting with Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Bus operators expressed their desire to see more Police officers directing traffic between Suva, Nausori, Lautoka and Nadi because of heavy peak hour traffic.

They also called for policing of the Kasavu slip where buses’ fuel has been stolen overnight. Some buses are also vandalised.

The operators also called for the use of motorcycles to help Police get to accident scenes quickly.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum also had positive discussions with bus operators in a meeting with them and Pradeep Lal, Vodafone chief executive officer, over the reintroduction of e-ticketing.

During that meeting, he told the Fiji Bus Operators Association members, that students should not be asked to disembark from the bus if they had lost their e-ticketing cards.

The response from the operators was positive. This will be a wonderful gesture from the bus industry. It will show its compassionate side and commitment to transport students to their schools. It will also help improve the industry’s image.

The industry usually gets a bad wrap because of the action of just a few. One complaint we hear every now and then is that some buses allegedly never make it on time to schools.

This may have been caused by late pickup or traffic jams. As more new vehicles are bought and put on the road, we can expect slower traffic on busy stretches of roads like the Suva-Nausori corridor.

This is the reality we face. Directing traffic to ensure a smooth flow will be crucial. That is why the meeting between the operators and Brigadier-General Qiliho was fruitful in looking at ways of finding solutions.

This type of meeting among stakeholders is likely to find ways of solving the problems.

Making it a regular event will build relations and strengthen the core purpose to provide a quality and efficient standard of service for the public.

 

 

Zero tolerance on child beating

 

We join the Police and the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission in condemning an alleged child bashing incident.

A video on social media showed a child crying in pain as she is being beaten by an adult.

If the video is verified to be true then we strongly condemn it.

No child deserves to be physically abused. There is no justifiable reason to subject a child to any form of violence. It is simply not acceptable in modern-day Fiji.

Nemani delaibatiki

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 


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