Pictures of the appalling state of Paradise Housing Scheme now posted on Facebook
Since my first letter to you on the state of Paradise Housing Scheme I adopted a wait and see approach as advised by a colleague. So you can imagine my surprise when I heard that the Chief Cooperatives Development Officer is set to call a community meeting sometime in July. This is positive proof that some people have to be pressured before they can do the right thing. At the same time I am wondering what about the promised audit? I only hope that this is not a delaying tactic to cover up any misdeeds.
What I really set out to do in this letter is bring to the attention of people the fact that some pictures of the appalling state of Paradise Housing Scheme are now posted on Facebook. I invite everyone to visit Facebook page Focus on Paradise and you will see a nightmare environment which only serves to indict the Chief Cooperatives Officer and the management of Paradise MultiPurpose Cooperative Society.
You would have noticed that I deliberately omitted the ‘Development’ from Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s designation because I do not believe that he himself understands that integral function of his position description. This situation needs an urgent inquiry into the affairs of the Society following the planned audit. I have taken the liberty of sending along one photograph.
It is dishonest for people to go around saying that Mr. Mentore wants the government to take over the cooperative after those same selfish greedy persons allowed the situation to reach such a parlous state.
The truth of the matter is that the Chief Cooperatives Officer is not as impartial as he is supposed to be but seems to be part and parcel of the mismanagement of the co-op. A look at those pictures would suggest a lack of pride and reinforces the policy of self-help through cooperatives because no one can help us if we are unwilling to help ourselves. Why has nothing been done to assist those members who might be financially strapped by providing letters of assurance so that they could access loans to complete their homes?
I support the suggestion that there should be a national association of cooperatives since the Cooperatives Officer seems highly incapable of effectively carrying out the functions of his office. I only hope that the meeting that is coming up will not degenerate into the usual acrimonious name calling and wild accusations. I suggest that the media cover this event to ensure that it is conducted in a fair and impartial manner.
The possibilities for developing paradise Housing Scheme are enormous and all that is needed is the will and a committed Chief Cooperatives Development Officer to facilitate development in an impartial and energetic fashion avoiding conflict of interest situations which compromise professionalism. I am disgusted!