Poor roads and the cost of living worries

By Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi ,

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Palesala Mulitalo from Aleipata, age 40.

Palesala Mulitalo from Aleipata, age 40. (Photo: Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi)

It’s a new year and it’s understandable that people want to look ahead and forget the problems of the past.

But it is next to impossible to try and divert attention from problems that continue to plague society today.

Take for instance the issue of flooding of the streets and the potholes that emerge every time there is a period of heavy rain.

Taxi driver, Palesala Mulitalo, said this is a menace this country can do without and these problems make the roads dangerous for everyone.

“The roads get really flooded and they become very dangerous,” he said. 

“Also, the potholes are a nuisance and need to be taken care of sooner rather than later.” 

For Mulitalo, the taxi is his bread and butter.

But it’s hard work when he has to brave these conditions to find passengers.

Many other taxi drivers echoed his concerns.

They are calling on the government to make fixing this problem a priority.

But dangerous flooded roads do not affect taxi drivers alone. Anyone who owns a vehicle understands their claim.  

Another issue staring people in the face at the beginning of 2017 is the ever increasing cost of living.  

As the minimum wage remains stagnant and the cost of living rises exponentially, it is clear that something has to give.  

The steady increase of the cost of living was heavily laid upon the mind of Henreitta Safutu of Saleimoa.  

Mrs. Safutu is a mother and says the ever increasing cost of living is really troubling and she calls upon government for subsidies to reduce the hefty cost on taxpayers.  

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