Grenada’s Ombudsman, Argar Alexander has lashed out at some professionals operating in the service sector on the island.
In presenting his annual report to Parliament, the Ombudsman accused some professionals without identifying them of engaging in illegal and dishonest practices against the public.
Alexander, a former Cabinet Secretary also expressed dissatisfaction with the level of disrespect meted out to his office by some senior managers within the public service.
The Third Annual Report of the activities of the office for the Ombudsman for the period 1st January, 2012 to 31st December, 2012 was laid recently before Parliament.
Following is the full contents of Alexander’s general comments:
The Ombudsman experienced the unfortunate evidence of disrespect on the part of a senior manager within the public service. Having made an arrangement to sit with the manager more than four weeks prior, a couple of days before the actual meeting he was informed by the manager’s secretary that the meeting had to be postponed and unilaterally so by the senior manager. Such behaviour bespoke a degree of impropriety with which the Ombudsman was unhappy.
There is a seeming tendency for some senior managers to give the appearance that they are above the law and that, as mentioned by one such individual, the Ombudsman should find better things to take up his time rather than resorting to writing to them.
The people of Ghana have a word in their language, which they translate as humility. That word is “hay-shi-bah” which when transliterated means “bringing oneself down.” It would do the Public Service a world of good if senior managers were to begin using in a very concrete way, such an idea.
The Ombudsman was of the view that there was evidence of arrogance among a class of such officers. Such a disposition did not in any way auger well for the social development of our fair country. The message needed to be repeated time and time again that nobody was above the law regardless of the status, which one may enjoy at a particular time.
On the other end of the continuum was seeming evidence of lethargy demonstrated by or through the apparent laid back disposition of some senior officers. Regrettably this was a complaint made to the Ombudsman by some of the complainants.
Demonstrating respect for our institutions through the ways we worked at our tasks was by far the best way in ensuring that our country will grow and develop: recognizing all the while that charity began at home.
Another matter of grave concern to the Ombudsman is the fact that there are among us some members of certain professional bodies who do great injustice to those citizens coming before them for assistance. It is obvious that some lack the bare essentials of Christian living and do not seem to subscribe to the tenets of ethic nor integrity.
Some of our citizens are hurting from the wounds being inflicted on them by those who call themselves professionals when their dealings are in fact illegal and reeks of duplicity and dishonesty.
Justice and fairness will continue to suffer grievously at the hands of such persons: but it must be remembered that in God’s own time, in the fullness of time He shall call us to account for what we are doing to our brothers and sisters who are unable to deal with matters themselves.
The prophet Amos (5:24) reminds us that we must “let justice fall down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” This must happen if our country is to become a place where everyone enjoys peace and tranquility. Peace cannot reign where there is no justice.