The recent declaration by the Public Relations Officer of the Georgetown Municipality of an intention to commence a campaign to remove objectionable objects from parapets and reserves within the confines of the city, including derelict vehicles and the recent demand by the City Engineer for property owners of dilapidated buildings to either repair them or tear them down, has left citizens shaking heads in disbelief and frustration.
When one looks at the ruinous state of City Hall in which these persons are headquartered and work, where they spend hours pontificating and engaging in all sorts of frivolous, petty, and worthless activities, when one looks at the run-down City Constabulary Training School in Water Street which has almost been stripped bare, the collapsed wharf at the Stabroek Market, the rickety and perilous Abattoir, the decrepit Incinerator Compound better known as ‘Old Smokey’, the neglected La Penitence and Ruimveldt Markets, one has to wonder how the City Engineer could be so audacious, so imprudent and so satirical to sit in a building which could give way at any moment and be making such demands. Is he not afraid that he and his colleagues will fall through the floors to which they sit?
One can understand that the Public Relations Officer is merely trying to earn her keep, by appearing to be working, by appearing to be keeping the citizens informed of activities of the Council and by just parroting what some of the technical officers say without checking the sagacity or logic of such statements.
She speaks about the parapets as though they are always well manicured and maintained by the Council, and she speaks as though the Council landscapes, the city’s parapets are with beautiful flora from Guyana. The Council must stop trying to shift blame from them to the citizens. Why does the Council not talk less and do more. Many people are all talk, what they say and what they do are two different things. Come on PRO as the saying goes, talk is cheap. Without actions behind the talk, it is all useless.
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