The following is full statement of the United Progressive Party Wayne T. Griffith General Secretary United Progressive Party UPP candidate for St. Lucy.
Birthday anniversaries not only present themselves as a time of celebration but an opportunity to be reflective of our accomplishments, perform a self-evaluation and refine objectives into the next year.
This introspection applies to us as individuals and collectively as an independent developing nation. Additionally, at the mature age of fifty-three years specific emphasis is placed on elements of the mind body and soul in order to preserve and sustain the best livelihood.
Health care professionals would further admonish anyone over fifty to maintain a healthy lifestyle through a balanced diet, regular exercise and a solid spirituality. The nation of Barbados must also consider these pathways toward building up our beloved island.
While the outward view of a country is measured though Debt to GDP ratios, fiscal and monetary policy and foreign reserve levels, keeping up these appearances while our body and soul suffer is indeed tragic.
Therefore it is time to reflect on what has transpired over the past year to understand how we have reached such unprecedented levels of homicide. What has influenced this upsurge?
Our utility services are all below par where it is the norm for districts to be without running water for several weeks, as if we are regressing as a nation. Is it 2019 or 1920?
The cost of living and ever increasing taxation have combined to outpace most family incomes. How will we attain relief?
We can delve into additional questions regarding solid waste management, educational reform or even economic transformation. However, it can be surmised that we are becoming a reactive society rather than implementing proactive contingencies in the management of our business.
Maturity sets the expectation that the management of our affairs is handled professionally and superior standards of operation is regularized.
Just as the human body will breakdown without proper care and maintenance the infrastructure of this country is suffering from insufficient reinvestment of profits into our major supporting arteries, muscles and nervous systems.
Most importantly, the mind must be willing and motivated to accept responsibility for the current state of affairs and actively pursue continuous improvement. This suggests that all societal leaders must act with haste to redress the decay manifesting itself in every area including moral and structural.
It is said that they are two types of leaders in the world today: those who are interested in the fleece and those who are interested in the flock. As we celebrate independence, lets us hope that our vision will be 2020 and the guidance in all things be executed in the best interest of a progressive Barbados.
Happy Independence Day!