While the military gets away with helping itself to the national coffers and the regime hierarchy line their pockets via kickbacks and shady deals, a park has been built on the cheap in Suva to help old folk.
Fiji's elderly population is expected to become a problem by the year 2025 when people over 60 will make up 13 per cent. By 2050 one in four of the total population is expected to be 60-plus.
The Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Doctor Jiko Luveni, says the country needs to do something about it and with supporters today started tilling land in Thurston Gardens that will be dedicated to senior citizens to gather and spend time.
Reiterating the importance of the regime's National Policy Framework for the elderly, she raved about the park saying it was a first in the Pacific.
“The construction is evidence of Government’s commitment to ensures that the most vulnerable in our community receive the help they need and to plan a future that gives Fiji’s senior citizens the services that matter most. The park will provide an ideal place for the senior citizens to make interactions, socialise and enjoy the recreational activities which will be organised for them."
She said old people were "like wine, the older it gets the more mature and the higher the quality. They make up a pool of valuable resources. We respect and need their counsel, experience and values as we address our challenges.”
Luveni revealed that while the illegal government made the right noises, it did not put any money up. "We had no money, Ajay Amrit looked for it and found the money through the usual ready support of the Rotary Club of Suva and Suva City Council willingly approved this site that is actually second to none in terms of environment and connecting to the everyday lives of the children, the sports people.” The architect has agreed to work for free.
Forty-five per cent of people are living in poverty according to reports but like the issue of the growing elderly population, the regime is lining its pockets and bankrupting the country while minor players are playing in the dirt and making silly speeches.
Picture: Luveni breaking ground at Thurston Park.