‘Going the wrong way’

The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique is too politicised. This Ministry since February 19th seems to be dysfunctional. There are some qualified workers attached to the Ministry who are willing and ready to perform once they are given the opportunity to do the job that they were employed to do.

There are however too many square pegs in round holes who are just a drag on the country. These political hacks were employed not as a result of their qualifications but mainly because they worked as field workers for the election campaign. I am of the opinion that every able bodied man and woman deserves a job, however just placing persons with no qualifications in positions in the ministry is foolhardy.

At a time of serious economic stress what the government should aspire to is for efficiency and not wastage. As it is now, there is too much wastage at the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs.

There is a lack of co-ordination at the ministry and this is manifested with the problem of the two senior civil servants jockeying for position. There is absolutely no need for that and this just shows how unprofessional the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique has become in the last ten months.

A ministry should be defined by an organisational chart so that everyone employed there should know exactly what is their role and responsibilities which is clearly laid out in their job description. What seems to be happening at the ministry is that everybody is doing what they want. This is as a result of the loose relationships existing among workers and politicians.

The Public Service Commission needs to step in and straighten out the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs. There needs to be a clear line separating government and party at the ministry. Public Workers should know in no uncertain terms that they are employed to serve the state. Those employed by the minister under Vote 340 should also know that they are governed by the rules of the Public Service and answerable to the Permanent Secretary.

If there are two Permanent Secretaries then they responsibilities should be clearly defined by Cabinet and the Public Service Commission. With two PS the ministry should be able to provide a much better quality of service to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. What seems to be happening however is that instead of looking for solution the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique has become a ‘ major source of the country problem ‘. This is very unfortunate.

Where is the leadership? Former Minister George W Prime working along with Mrs Bernadette Lendore Sylvester and Javann Willams provided excellent service to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Since February 19th, nothing major has happened in Carriacou and Petite Martinique except for the construction of a few hundred feet of roads and the contractors are still waiting to be paid.

The ministry attempted to stage Christmas in the Gardens over three nights instead of the usual one night and it was a disaster. While the idea was not a bad one it was evident that the planning was extremely poor. Wastage !!!

Hon. Elvin G Nimrod and his team need to use the Christmas holidays to regroup and refocus so that come 2014 the ministry will be ready to handle the many challenges facing Carriacou and Petite Martinique. This is not the time for bickering, confrontation and conflict but rather a time for unity, team work and commitment to nation building.

Things are sliding downhill much too quickly. Our people deserve much better representation at all levels. As Inspector would say, “The minister and ministry is going the wrong way’.


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