Most un­for­tu­nate re­gions

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Joji O Toroni­bau, Tunuloa

One Fri­day morn­ing I de­cided to go to Labasa for short er­rands. While walk­ing along the re­ced­ing sea wa­ter­line and spiky rocky beaches I saw two young cousins of mine walk­ing ahead with bags of food and yaqona plus their bags of clothes. Let alone few oth­ers had taken the lead. I asked them as to where they were head­ing to and they replied that they were go­ing to Labasa as well to visit their fa­ther in Waiqele. I was re­ally con­cerned and as for how long will these un­for­tu­nate earth­lings would still con­tinue to carry their bur­dens, food crops, mar­ket pro­duce on foot for three to four kilo­me­tres to reach the road for trans­port? But, I am still con­vinced that we the earth­lings of this lit­tle stretch will soon be en­joy­ing the same road trans­port util­i­ties as en­joyed by al­most ev­ery­one in Fiji. This is es­pe­cially the Natewa Bay side of Tunuloa from Wailevu Pri­mary School to link up the Na­puka Catholic Mis­sion Sec­ondary Gov­ern­ment Road. For too long school chil­dren had to walk, wade and steam­ing across the seas for ed­u­ca­tion, sick se­nior cit­i­zens to health clin­ics plus eco­nomic trad­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are quite dif­fi­cult to face each day.

In ad­di­tion to these, there is no tele­vi­sion re­cep­tion ex­cept if you can buy Sky TV, and no Voda­fone or Dig­i­cel link as well. We de­servedly want Po­lice pres­ence as well on wheels at times to lessen il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

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