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Crisis at Regent! - A burning issue
By Linda Rebecca Williams
Oct 6, 2011, 17:12
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Theres a massive crisis in the beautiful hills and valleys of Regent. Economic crisis? No! Political crisis? Far from it! It is a Public Transportation Crisis and for the village dwellers its quite a serious matter. Heres whats going on:- Every weekday morning, scores of schoolchildren and crowds of adults line the main junction. Young and old, they are united by a single mission to succeed in getting a vehicle to take them from Regent to school or work.

 

Daybreak after daybreak from Monday through Friday the same unhappy scene is played out. No taxis, no poda poda vans in sight for what must feel like hours to the younger kids, many of them barely more than toddlers. It makes very little difference whether one leaves home at seven or at eight, one is destined to join the helpless throngs and spend perhaps up to forty-five minutes in waiting mode. Lateness to school or work is guaranteed.

 

Some of the taxi drivers grumble that the established passenger fare of Le.1000 is too low. The route from Wilberforce to Regent is a hilly one, they claim, and consumes too much fuel. Better to turn around at IMATT or SS Camp for the same amount. Others do arrive only to calmly, some would say sadistically, inform their eager would-be passengers that they are not going. Then they go, empty. Many poda podas get filled up long before they enter the village, and merely appear just to make a u-turn. There is the occasional spectacle of desperate children squeezing through back windows to enter and even carrying up to two other smaller children on their laps.

 

It is well known that the Ministry of Transportation has assigned buses to other neighbouring suburbs such as Wilberforce and Lumley. So, can someone explain to the villagers why Regent is so neglected? It is time for some action. 

 

Mr. Bockarie Lewis-Kamara of Road Transport Corporation, the population of Regent is growing rapidly. The school kids especially need urgent assistance in area of transportation. Thanks for your kind attention to this matter!


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