Letters: 10th May, 2019

His concern for the safety of his road workers is commended but as the boss of the road, he should not surrender to those stupid arrogant speeding drivers by stopping the night works!
10 May 2019 15:16
Letters: 10th May, 2019

Technical colleges

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Namaka

This is the mainstay of our country’s now and future workforce, it is an essential institution where many of our Fijian youths are trained to obtain their different Trade Certificates of their choice so they can contribute to our workforce and become productive Fijian citizens.

Not all our Fijian children can or will qualify to achieve high marks for other tertiary Institutions such as USP, FNU and the University of Fiji for many reasons, but our Government must be commended for its decision to establish these technical institutions throughout the country including our maritime islands.

I can recall the SODELPA MP Viliame Gavoka, who rejected the conversion of those many Secondary Schools to Technical Colleges; he even went to obtain signatures from parents to oppose the move.

Those parents’ children are now benefiting from this visionary move by our FijiFirst Government, but have now accepted the fact that they were hoodwinked by Mr Gavoka for his own political gain where they were conveniently used as scapegoats.

Last week we saw Rosy Akbar our Minister for Education giving out certificates to the hundreds of our children who have withstood the test of times to qualify in their respective choice of career throughout those Technical Colleges around the country.

Their parents and relatives must be very proud of the progress their children have made and I would like to personally thank Mahendra Reddy, who initiated the move during his term as Minister for Education.

Childish and irresponsible, I may say, Bill Gavoka has now certainly seen the worth and why they were established in the first place, but he has never spoken a word of thanks to our FijiFirst Government.

Life goes on and long live our technical colleges, but they in the Opposition must learn that our Government is always selective to what it wants to hear from the SODELPA and NFP house in moving our country forward.

It must be very frustrating for the Opposition benches together.
Road users

Shahil Kumar, Suva

As a concerned road user, I would like to urge the Land Transport Authority to investigate the driving school licence holders on the ways of teaching their clients how to drive and that do they really follow the accurate procedures given by the LTA?

“Just got my provisional licence” This is the exact phrase you get to hear from everyone nowadays. I hardly notice anyone failing their driving test.

But I have noticed an increase in number of road accidents where the culprits were the new drivers. Who is supposed to be blamed for this? Of course, the driving schools. These driving schools promise a lot of stuff to their clients like theory classes, evening classes.

Later, clients complain about how these driving schools charge them expensive fees, but never conducted a theory or evening classes and took them for a test drive in just two weeks without any difficulties.

This is not fair as they would not learn how to drive properly and risk other lives on the road.

Life is very precious and should not be wasted in the hands of some people not doing the right thing.


LPG Station Lautoka

Tomasi Boginiso , Nasinu 

Last weekend we tried to fill our LPG vehicle in Lautoka.

It was very disappointing with the two stations in Lautoka City both out of order. We were trying get to Suva for a family occasion but trying to leave on time and getting to the occasion on time was a chaos.

Luckily the driver being from the Vuda area, we managed to get LPG filled at the Gas Depot at the Vuda Marina.

Lautoka needs to put up more LPG station to avoid disappointment of LPG vehicle owners.
Night Road Works

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

We are told that (FRA) Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Moore says they will stop all night works on the four-lane route along Kings Road from Rewa Bridge to Nakasi because of inconsiderate driver behaviour (FS 6/5).

His concern for the safety of his road workers is commended but as the boss of the road, he should not surrender to those stupid arrogant speeding drivers by stopping the night works!

The can put a couple of temporary road humps to slow down the night traffic, but please continue with the night road works.

The traffic jam on the Suva-Nausori corridor is sickening and stopping night works will only delay or slow down the work in progress, thus prolonging the suffering of the people who have to crawl through the traffic jam daily.

Please FRA, thank you for the road works, but work 24 hours every day to complete the project and hopefully heal the mental stress caused by the traffic jams.
Fight against NCD

Krishan Keshwan, Suva

Individual’s personal interest and commitment towards physical training is the key factor in the fight against NCDs. Much has been said nowadays in respect to the rising cases of NCD’s which is becoming a killer in our society.

The ministry of health has been seen conducting awareness programmes by visitation to communities and through the media however the rate of NCD related death is still on the rise.

It is very important for all of us to change our mindset towards life and make physical activity an integral part of our daily life. Physical workout helps our body in using up the stored fats which have been accumulated and rarely used by our bodies. These stored fats when not utilised gives way for NCDs to attack our immune system.

The fight against NCD is possible and it can only be done by changing our mindset. We need to watch our food intake and ensure working out for at least 30 minutes a day. It is time to make use of the enormous work being done by the government to upgrade our infrastructure in terms of maintaining and construction of footpaths. I am a regular user of the footpaths along Cunningham road in the early hours of the morning and it is overwhelming to see an increase in the number of people prioritising their health by waking up early for a morning walk. Let’s all make physical activity an integral part of our lives to ensure good health and longevity.


Resolution on Terrorism

Dewan Chand, Suva

The United Nations has passed a resolution declaring Maulana Masood Azhar, a Pakistani, as a global terrorist.

This is a huge achievement for India and Indian Prime Minister who had spearheaded this move. However, many times it was defeated due to China using its veto power to nullify it.

The recent spate of terrorism around the globe has left an indelible imprint on the minds of those who are affected by it, including the Christchurch terrorist attack, (New Zealand), Pulwama (India) terrorist attack, killing 40 soldiers, Sri Lankan terrorist attack in which 300 died during Easter celebrations and the latest terrorist attack in Maharastra(India) in which 15 people died in horrific circumstances.  This senseless butchery is mind boggling and must be stopped

Fiji now plays an important role in international matters and hosts a number international forum on a regular basis. This indeed is a matter of pride for all Fijians. However, we must ask ourselves if we are immune from terrorist attacks.

Therefore, it is imperative that we take all necessary precautions to keep terrorists out of Fiji.


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