The people in the Western Division have spoken and they say they are grateful about being able to access Walesi to watch television programmes free of charge.
For those who live in Suva, they are probably not able to comprehend the joy that came to people after the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, opened four Walesi customer care branches in the Western Division on Wednesday.
He announced that two more channels would be introduced, expanding the variety of programmes that people could watch.
It comes down to a matter of choice. Some people love sports, others may like the serious stuff like Parliament or the religious programmes.
Next Monday, the first Parliament session this year begins. There is no doubt that a lot of issues of public interest will be debated by our members of Parliament.
Already, we have learned that a petition against sand mining in the Sigatoka River has already been submitted to the Parliament Secretariat for the attention of Parliament.
People who have not had the opportunity to watch live Parliament debate on television before because they did not have Walesi, now have the opportunity to be connected.
They can watch the debate at home on the big screen or on their smart phones with the installation of the Parliament app.
Statistics show that more than 400,000 Fijians or about half the population have this app. More than 150,000 have top boxes at home to watch television.
So, more people than ever before can now watch their elected representatives talk about issues that affect their daily lives, live.
Information is so important for people today. It helps them to make the right decisions about life. The Government must be commended for bringing this service to the people. Not only is it getting people connected, it makes its slogan “no one is left behind” come to life.
Accessing similar services whether you are in the cities and towns or in the rural areas empowers people because it puts them on a level playing field.
This is what it means when we talk about equality. No group can consider itself living in isolation and disconnected if it can access the same service from any where in Fiji.
The new Walesi branches will help people by servicing their needs. The people do not have to travel far or use the phone to seek assistance.
The Government is using the same template to bring other services to the people like the Legal Aid offices.
It saves time and money and enables people to engage more in activities that will generate economic development.
Walesi is part of the engine that helps drive economic activities and progress.
Source: Fiji Sun