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Government must get priorities right

Sunday, August 13, 2017

One of the hallmarks of good leadership is the ability to set priorities that are best for the organisation or the country’s development.

For instance, when the new PNM Government took office they prioritised the completion of the Tarouba stadium, at the cost of (approximately) $100 million, which was done in quick time. Now, this is a venue that a maximum of 25,000 people might be interested in visiting once or twice a year, while five or six hundred cricketers may actually play there, on a semi regular basis.

Then, you look at our No 1 beach, Maracas Bay, that has fallen into total disarray since 2002. A facility that half the country, along with a substantial number of visitors, would like to visit on a regular basis. Yet, this venue continues to be a horror story of stagnant water, endless litter, horrible unfinished concrete structures on the beach, packs of stray dogs etc. Maracas Bay is simply, a 13-year-old national disgrace of epic proportions.

Then, you look at the air bridge and sea bridge to Tobago. It’s a tough call to identify which of these two national disasters is worse.

So, do you fix the sea bridge? Apparently not, as you have appointed people to run this vital link in national development, who obviously couldn’t organise a church harvest efficiently, which leads to hellish pandemonium with every decision taken.

Now, instead of fixing the current Sea Bridge, we are going to spend hundreds of millions on an unnecessary highway to Toco, to erect another sea bridge, which will no doubt turn out even more diabolical than the one in Port-of-Spain.

What did this little island do to deserve such disastrous leadership?


Gregory Wight, Maraval


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