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Fri 13th Jul 2012

Gonsalves - confused and incompetent in managing the affairs of SVG

About three years ago the airport fire truck was chasing an animal off the runway at E.T Joshua airport and the truck's front tyre burst. Incredibly, there was no spare tyre, and the airport was forced to close for over 11 hours until the SVG Coast Guard went to St. Lucia to borrow a tyre.

On Monday 2 July 2012, the fire truck had more problems; yet again the airport was closed, this time for about 7 hours. This is a joke and shows incompetent management by the Gonsalves-led regime.

In 2007, Gonsalves' ministries went into excess capital expenditure. Gonsalves is not a university graduate in finance and did not mitigate the problem. Consequently, Gonsalves overspent by $63 million without the prior approval of the SVG House of Assembly.

With sound vision, the government of the late Milton Cato built the National Commercial Bank (NCB). The NCB was a profit-making bank and properly served the needs of our people. In 2007, Gonsalves blatantly ignored several warnings from Director of Audit and the Parliament-set ceiling of a government overdraft of $40 million. Gonsalves pushed up the overdraft at the NCB to $170 million and killed the NCB.

Between 2008 and 2010, Gonsalves cut capital expenditure on education by 51 per cent; subsequently, in 2011, SVG suffered its worst CEE results in history. Gonsalves illustrates incompetence and confusion in trying to manage the so-called education revolution.

Year of budget

2008

2009

2010

Capital expenditure

53m

36m

26m

In June 2012, the Director of Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning stated that some students scored as low as 5 per cent in the 2012 CEE, adding that the issue should concern the entire country. SVG Green Party says we need more money put into education, not less.

SVG's economy is in such a shambles that statistics from Her Majesty's jail revealed a sickness of our country. The researched showed the jail was full of inmates who all had previous convictions. Many of the inmates had three or more previous convictions. The table shows this.

 

Year of imprisonment

2008

2009

2010

Number of inmates

 

520

511

458

Number of inmates with previous convictions

 

520

511

458

A male, who was under 18, appeared in Kingstown Magistrate court on 5th July 2012, on a charge of breaking into a house and stealing a number of items. The youth pleaded with the magistrate that he had no employment, no money and no skills, and that he was desperate for money to live.

This is the sick situation in SVG. There is a large number of poorly educated male youths who are unemployed and feel forced to steal to survive.

This governing regime is confused and incompetent.

No country can progress positively without competent leadership. All countries with strong economies have strong leaders. Leaders have to be visionary, creative and must know their subject. The leaders in SVG are confused and incompetent; consequently and sadly, our economy and country is falling apart.

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