Happy and prosperous 2018

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Saturday, December 30, 2017
WE are on the verge of saying goodbye to 2017 and welcoming 2018 in style.

So many happenings in 2017 and soon we will look back and say, isa 2017 the year that was.

The year 2017 would have been a good and merry year for some and not a successful one for others.

Whatever the outcome would have been, it's time to thank the Lord for all the provisions and for giving us a breath of life.

At least we should be grateful that we have been given the opportunity to see a new day unfold so let's seize the opportunity and write another chapter of our life and add to our illustrious career.

No more looking back, but let's surge ahead. 2018 is definitely going to bring its own share of joys, excitement and struggles so let's brace ourselves.

As we end 2017, let's reflect on what we did and analyse where we went wrong or could improve on.

For those who are involved with charity work and helping the unfortunate and needy please continue doing so and thank you so much for your efforts this year.

I know our NGOs have worked tremendously to reach out to the poor and needy. This is something special about our beautiful islands where there is someone we can rely on for help and assistance.

However, my heart goes to those citizens who are still housed in tents and to those students for whom these tents have served for some time and I hope that a quick solution would be reached at to ensure that these citizens have a decent space to live and study.

Come 2018 let's hope that more efforts will be diverted to reduce the following:

* youth unemployment;

* crime rate;

* inequality between the rich and poor;

* violence against women and children;

* traffic congestion;

* water disruptions; and

* the escalating cost of living.

I have high hopes that 2018 will turn out to be a good year for all despite the many reforms that are taking place.

I am also hoping that our media will continue to operate without interference and more letters will be written on many issues without fear of victimisation.

It is my dream that I see a united Fiji where people will join hands to spread goodwill, peace and harmony.

As I conclude, I wish each one a happy and prosperous 2018 and I plead with my fellow Fijians to celebrate New Year responsibly and exercise caution.

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