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Letter: Projects that has political patronage written all over it

Recently, The President was seen assisting a toddler in the cutting of a ribbon to hand over a bus which is to be used for their transportation. While this is a nice gesture, somewhat, I can forthwith tell the public relations department of The President of a better way to help the poor that is the reinstatement of the $10,000 GY or $50 US grant for each child in school.

That gift by the Previous PPP/C Administration was more lasting, was of more economic benefit to the children of this great country. It made sense for this country’s peoples that are now going through the most depressing and pauperized days. Yes, one cannot evade the fact that this latest political blitz lack economic far more, moral substance since the $10,000 was rudely taken away. You cannot tell me that this government could have almost instantly filled their pockets with a 50% pay rise then in their typical hypocritical senseless reply give out buses, yes “buses” in other instances boats and bicycles to its hapless citizens? If this does not reek of corruption and heartlessness by a sick regime then what is! But before I get carried away let me get back to my main topic:

Prior to The Coalition taking office The PPP/C had a programme of furnishing the family with a $10,000 gift for every child at school. It was a gift to families (especially those single parent families) or families with delinquent fathers, you know what I am talking about. These families most of them with large households welcomed this gesture with open arms because it represented income or hard currency for those struggling to make ends meet. Further, as The Honourable Bishop elucidated that ten thousand dollars would have seen an increase of up to $50,000 per child had they been in power. hallelujah! Phenomenal! That is a representation of a government who had great care and concern for its peoples, not a passing bus or bicycle or boat when I do not have a meal on the table. In teaching practice education we were taught that we have to go far beyond the routine “the child is lazy … the child does not want to learn” syndrome.

We were taught that to get to the root causes for a child’s seeming boredom or lack of interest in learning, that the child may be having inherent problems like being hungry, or not having enough sleep at nights because that child has to toil like a normal adult to earn a few hundred dollars (speaking in Guyanese terms) to exist. This is the reality of the situation in Guyana today the dire circumstances in eking out a living in the daily grind. So, try telling me about learning and education when I am hungry? The point I am making is boats, buses and bicycles are meaningless when the reality is I am too weak to enjoy these.

So, what Minister Amna Ally said is pointless also, that the nation’s children education is enhanced by the free buses to take them to school. Utterly pointless, in the idea I have put forward that children cannot learn if there is nothing on the table at home to eat. A further indictment on their part is her sarcastic remarks that others would like to see these “free buses” transportation gesture fail, meaning that The Opposition would like this to happen. May I remind Miss Ally that she has exposed her government by uttering those words, because those buses are “free gifts” given to them by party hacks. Those buses were not paid for by the national treasury but “freebies” from party supporters who are earmarked for huge kickbacks. So, if these “freeness-es” should fail then it tells you the depth and scope of the corrupt nature of the regime. And may I add, that political patronage will come from taxpayer’s hard earned taxes. This is corruption people, this is corruption! So, I must say to This PNC Led Coalition that these gestures reeks of corruption from the very start. We would rather have $10,000 than free buses.

In fact with thousands losing their jobs every month, those buses are meaningless to those households with many mouths to feed. Try telling a sugar worker that a free bus is all this government can offer when I do not know where the next income is coming from? That retrenched sugar worker having three sometimes six minor children to take care of try convincing him that he should be satisfied with a free bus system and nothing else. Try convincing him that his existence would not be a miserable one? Try! Substituting free buses for direct income is indicative of an uncaring, vindictive and evil regime.

Finally, my Bible tells me that anyone, nay any government who would deny these little ones their right to lead a comfortable life would never experience success. The good book states it is better for you to tie a millstone around your neck and jump overboard. In Guyanese parlance “you rob children or take food out of their mouths” you will not be blessed. members on the government’s side love to make scriptural quotes I hope they take heed to the above terse warnings.
Neil Adams

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