Have past suggestions of inquiries been acted on?
By GODFREY McENTYRE | Sun, April 22, 2012 - 12:00 AM()
I am appalled at the decision now by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to set up a commission of inquiry into saga at Alexandra School after so long a time and after so many failed inquiries have reached no conclusive decision. They were just a waste of taxpayers’ monies.
Do you think taxpayers’ monies should fund such a commission at this time when monies are so scarce? Is this not another waste of money and effort by this regime?
I wish to draw to readers’ attention how indecisive this present Prime Minister is:
1. When Stuart came to office I was very impressed by the fact that he was going to repeal the qualification act for the civil service, which to my mind was rushed through without any proper thought of its effect by the then Government of the day and to apparently serve its own objectives.
The Prime Minister stated that the act would have disadvantaged some civil servants who, at the time, were not qualified but had been performing in the posts for some time. Even though I was not his greatest supporter I thought it was a great move and one with vision for the civil service. To date, the Prime Minister has done nothing in that respect. His talk was just hot air.
2. Everyone remembers the leak to the media of a secret meeting to oust the Prime Minister. At the time, he said that “heads were going to roll”. We are still wondering which heads he was talking about. What has he done? Again – nothing.
3. The CLICO saga has been in the public domain for some time now. When information came to light connecting the law firm of late Prime Minister David Thompson to this mess, what did Stuart do or say to bring comfort to those whose monies were tied up in the company? Very little!
4. Now we have the Alexandra School saga. After meeting with only one side of the impasse, everyone thought that he was a magician who could solve the issue. To date, this matter is still with us and the only people suffering are the children and taxpayers of Barbados.
While I’m at it, I would like to ask one simple question: have any recommendations from any of the inquiries held in Barbados ever been acted upon? Please let me know because I’m just like the rest of the general public;
I do not hold out any hope for any inquiry carried out in Barbados.
You can conduct a poll to see if I’m right.
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