I am baffled, confused and was very disappointed while listening to a popular radio call-in programme when I heard some comments made by some self-centered Grenadians echoing certain sentiments that have no place in our society.
For some of them to be telling the nation and the host of that radio programme that as it relates to the high level of efficiency and extra effort which was demonstrated by the police service in relation to the missing female lady Professor from Lance Aux Epines that if it was the chocolate colored people of Grenada the police would not have made such an effort.
I want to totally and vehemently reject this baseless comment by some of our citizens. This still reminds me that the ills of slavery still resonate in many of those persons.
We are talking about a woman who left her husband and two small boys in the most tragic circumstances – this woman is dead.
How can some of us be so mean? Let us put ourselves in the shoes of the family – it is very unprofessional to make those comments even about the police force.
Historically the police have never neglected their duties in accounting for missing persons. Our economy could sink or float depending on how Grenada handled such a sensitive case, which most of us are not aware of.
We are talking about a member of the Faculty of St. George’s University. This institution is responsible for 19% of Grenada’s GDP.
We are talking tourism as the main pillar of the Grenadian economy, contributing over almost three hundred million dollars.
We are also disregarding the fact that how dangerous this can be through the social media and the kind of negative press that can hurt our tourism sector.
A few weeks ago there was a report saying how the world should keep an eye on Grenada as a tourism destination in terms of emerging crimes.
While most of us may be complacent and very apprehensive in believing this to be quite frank, Grenada is still a much safer island compared to most of our northern Caribbean neighbours as it relates to tourism destinations with the only exception being Cuba.
While these recent developments relating to this last murder, Grenada could be getting some bad press at the start of the important tourism winter season.
We are still lucky that Canada is not our major tourism market since this was the second Canadian citizen to lose their live in Grenada.
We have to try urgently to move in repairing these damages to Grenada’s image internationally. Government must give these young men some hope so they would not see crimes as the only way out.
These young crime offenders were promised a rehabilitation center facility years now. If Grenada does not address this menace in our society with a great deal of urgency, there could be serious collateral damages.
We have seen crimes before but not this kind of crime that has the potential to cut off our economic livelihood.
These crimes should be serious concern to every one of us especially those of us who interact as ambassadors to tourists within this vitally important sector.
Let us also not forget that there was a lot of international pressure on Grenada in solving this crime.
Our police service was under the watchful eyes of the world. If we are going to use connotations, we must be mindful of Grenada as a tourism destination where our state apparatus has a crucial responsibility in protecting the interest and image of Grenada and what sustains its very survival.