Apr 15, 2021 Letters
I would be grateful for a space in your daily, so that I can share my experiences and thoughts on the above subject.
Let me start with GPL. I live in the lower East Bank area in an established housing scheme. We have been experiencing continuous power outages (blackout) and low shedding (low voltage) on a regular basis, like there is no end to this. I must confess, this has increased since the PPP came back to power. I am apolitical, I state this because once you criticise one party, you are deemed an opposition to the other. All I am concerned with is getting a service that I am paying for and in this day and age, I need to enjoy the provision of basic human services. GPL has changed its management team but all it seems to do is improve in sharing a blackout schedule.
GWI – unfortunately, when the power goes in most cases water goes too. Since November 2020, despite an improvement in the quality of water, the pressure has become lower and cuts off regularly. This is one company that is very prompt with the bills in your mail box.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF), I know that it is a very trying job, but at the same time, it is an important job to maintain discipline, law and order in a society. I write particularly to deal with high profile murders. The GPF is continuing to fail the public in this regard. They seems to be picking up the wrong people in most cases and hoping for a confession to solve the crime. Without a confession or someone being caught in the act, they are not solving any major case. I will not get into the other aspects of failure because the list will be too long to mention. Is the 911 hotline working?
The Covid-19 response – this is nothing short of a disregard by the government. The Government feels that with some measures in place, the public will easily comply, but it is wrong! The very politicians are parading around with an entourage and garlands around the necks almost every day and expect the public to be fully responsible? The measures need strict enforcement that is how it will be effective. The order should be amended to fine non-compliant businesses substantially and not just patrons being thrown into a bus. I don’t want to go deep into my dissatisfaction of the handling of this situation because space may not permit me to do so. I usually read Peeping Tom’s (a Kaieteur News Daily Column) reaction to this and I share a lot of his sentiments. The business class is running the Covid-19 Task Force. I am surprised the Guardians of Democracy do not say much; democracy matters more than life or is it they all are well fitted in on the little board positions?
I see in the press, the long lines in front of the passport office; a year ago, this had not been the case. I got my passport renewed in an hour or so and many other people shared that experience. You could have measured the improvement. The same with the driver’s licence renewal process, a laudable improvement by GRA. My question is, why this is so now at the passport office, if you read one of the positive impacts of Covid-19, it is how it has accelerated the use of online services. We have hundredths of UG graduates, and the largest budget ever, why are we going back into the abyss? As a country, we really need to examine ourselves if we are to prepare for the oil bonanza that we are so boasting about.
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