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.
Hope of Progress
I hope there'll be positive progress in the Constitution process, and thatgovernment will soon appoint more civilians to head the various posts in government, rendering the situation — government of the people.
And as for complacency, bureaucracy and procrastination in government, I sincerely hope it will be a thing of the past by the next general elections. If you compare the services of a private company to that of some government offices, the private companies have far better customer service.
It is true that some government departments have improved, but others need a very healthy dose of pure adrenaline (or something stronger) to keep them moving, with staff not forever coming in late and leaving early.
One of the things I hate about dealing with a government department is when I am told that the person is in a meeting, out, or "gone to the bank." Meetings, though part of official business, should not so disable services that customers are made to wait for hours or come back the next day.
If we can get these improvements and others in place over the next two or so years, we will have elections— and an efficient and able civil service— in 2014.