Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in www.connectme.com.fj/news/opinion. I thank Allen and Connect 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.
The Babies' Clinic in Lautoka
Once again I am gathering support for the Babies Clinic In Lautoka. When I first wrote about it, I had been reassured that the road was going to be upgraded so that buses would go up Old Hospital Road and down the other side. It is now some time since then and our mothers are still struggling.
Old Hospital Road is in the heart of Lautoka City. Surely all roads should be in good condition if they are in the City? The added need is our mothers’ plight; they carry with them our “future”. Though many of the mothers who trudge up that hill in the raging sun or rain may be poor, who knows which of those poor babies will grow up to be a statesman, professor, teacher, doctor, pilot, engineer, Prime Minister!
When the Babies Clinic was relocated to Vidilo House it was on the understanding that public transport would follow simultaneously. To date it has not happened. Have the poor been taken for granted?Each day I go past, I see mothers with babies in arms and toddlers resting along Old Hospital Road in an attempt to regain strength to continue their journey up or down.
Have a heart, someone, and please do something. Do we have to wait until one of the babies grows up to become an engineer and repair the road? Under the present situation, it may never happen.