Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.
School has started. Our roads are busy once again, and taxis, vans and buses once again make a little more money. Even the illegal van driver will make a little money to take hone to his children. More cars will be on the road and the fuel retailers will also make a little more. Potholes will be a force to reckon with and will widen into trenches if we don’t repair them to international standards. People who sold savories outside schools will dust their little tables and set up shop outside school gates and make some money. The shoe, book and uniform shops will make a little money and life goes on. It’s the circle of life.
Now, it’s exam term. Let’s support our children through thick and thin. We all know that times and life are a little bit tougher, but if we dwell on that, we will always have a long look on our face and soon lose our smiles. We can see the bright side of things and thank god we are alive. Tighten that belt a little and support the children so that they will become good law abiding citizens, have a decent education and live an honest life and take Fiji to greater heights so that we can withstand any kind of financial depression, cyclone or flood.
Let’s get more of our kids to study agricultural science so that they become rich and prosperous farmers who will have dirty fingernails and smell like livestock but with lots of money in their pockets, huge smiles on their faces and many people in their employ.
Let’s tell them that a good education can assist them in becoming decent people to make Fiji self sufficient in vegetables and root crops so that we bring down the prices and don’t have to import. And let's encourage cane farmers' children a to go back to the cane land so that we don’t run out of sugar and have to import at a higher price.
Let’s encourage some of our children to become engineers so that they fix our roads once and for all so that they will last like the roads the Romans made.
Most of all, let’s nurture them to know what is good and bad and know the difference between accepting a gift and what is corruption.