Correction Mr. Donald Ramotar, Guyana does not have widespread human development but satisfactory infrastructure development. In his address to a much smaller crowd (some 5,000) than what Dr Jagan got in 1992, and Jagdeo in 2006 at Kitty, he said that Guyana “has witnessed widespread development in every aspect of government”.
Donald continues to shy away from the issue of human development because the truth on that indicator strips his ruling cabal naked. According to the United Nations, their Human Development Index (HDI) represents a push for a broader definition of well-being and provides a composite measure of three basic dimensions of human development: health, education and income.
The United Nations further stated that between 1980 and 2010 Guyana’s, HDI rose by 0.7 per cent annually from 0.500 to 0.611 today, which gives the country a rank of 104 out of 169 countries with comparable data.
Comparing this dismal state of affairs with the average HDI of Latin America and the Caribbean as a region, we observe increases from 0.578 in 1980 to 0.706 today, placing Guyana below the regional average. So what widespread development is Donald talking about? Is he proud of this dismal human development performance?
The Ramotar cabal continues to get it wrong. Building a highway does not put food in a child’s belly? Building an IT cabal from Lethem to Linden does not provide a family with an ability to keep a child in school and away from the sexual predators in the land? Fixing a community road does not provide low cost housing to a struggling family?
The Jagdeo Government has failed to create the jobs to feed, cloth, school and house the children of the nation and that, for me, is developmental negligence of the highest order.
What is the use all the food are in the market and the man who works for $48,000 cannot buy all that he needs to take care of his children’s nutritional needs? This is taking away his dignity as a father and renders him a broken subservient soul. This is what the Ramotar cabal has done to our people, broken them into subservience where today family are settling cases of sexual abuse against their children for a “li’l freck”.
How long can this go on, as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer?
According to the United Nations, some 39.7 per cent of our people live in poverty in a country that committed to the United Nations to eradicate poverty by 2015. Why are almost 40 per cent of our people so poor after all these billions in Government expenditure? Where did this money go?
The PPP philosophy of development is to construct more buildings so that the business buddies can continue to scrape all the financial fat from the Treasury for themselves and their political sponsors. This is the main driver of the unequal distribution of the resources of the nation. This is what Donald Ramotar wants to continue.
Rather than focus on jobs and public policy initiatives to fill the large gaps in the well-being between the rich and the poor in Guyana, he is focused on building, many without teachers and nurses to care for the nation.
I give up on these hare brained people. At least by now I thought they would have gotten it. It is about the people; about jobs; about the well-being of our people.
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