This is a poor country, a very heavily
indebted poor country, most of the highly qualified Guyanese have migrated
leaving poorly qualified, struggling ones behind to function way beyond their
capacity, a concept called the Peter principle, now the world has known of this
Peter principle since the early 1980's when a book identifying it was
conceptualised by one Lawrence Peter and tells us that you cannot promote
certain people past their level of competence, since in doing so the laws of
gravity always prevail making them eventually fall back down on you, taking the
whole organisation with them.
When I was working in sugar just after
the nationalisation of the Sugar industry we saw this concept very clearly in
operation, we were promoting supervisors, good supervisors who were performing with
competence to superintendent level at which stage they just could not function.
these very good supervisors became
incompetent because they could not function at the conceptual level of
management, they were doers not conceivers and their writing skills prevented
them from doing the weekly reports, order books etc. so we promoted persons
from a position at which they were completely competent to a level at which they
were totally incompetent, but we had no choice since we were losing people
every day and just could not fill the vacancies.
The brain drain is noticeable everywhere
in this country from president to beggar almost no one in this country today can
pretend to be fully qualified, or excel at the functions they are paid to do,
as they would be required to do if they were doing this same job in say, to be
ridiculous, Trinidad! Do not even worry to make this comparison with the US, or Japan.
Now there are some people who are
capable of developing to higher levels of management or specialisation without
becoming incompetent but this is the exception rather then the rule.
I repeat this phenomenon is everywhere
around us, people who are completely incompetent to perform their functions are
being paid to do so; and it is going on even in the private sector much less in
the Government. And since we are making no progress to improve our ability to
pay better and better salaries to keep those who can truly be elevated without
meeting their level of incompetence and who leave for greener pastures, as the
country becomes poorer and poorer under these incompetent regimes we have been
forced to tolerate over the past 50 years, the situation just gets worse.
I think that it is reasonable to say
that we have the most incompetent government in the English speaking Caribbean,
one look at the auditor General's report would leave one with no doubt that
even the simple task of bookkeeping to account to the Guyanese people for the
way our money is spent in this country is incompetent.
And I am ashamed to admit it but this
incompetence being everywhere as it is has reached our media long ago. Now the
media is the watchdog of the democracy it should identify what is wrong with
the functioning of government and how it is affecting its people. But it does
not and here are a few examples.
Lets take our Amerindian affairs
minister now amid much fanfare this lady recently announced that she is going
to find 5 million to buy all of the Amerindian children school uniforms, but in
an article which occupied nearly three whole pages of the Stabroek news the
people at St. Cuthbert's mission we learn that the democratic rights of the
mission is being mutilated since there is no democratic method of selecting the
leaders of the mission an archaic act dating back to colonial times is what
works for these the poorest group in this country. Now whilst this lady is
running all over the place holding seminars in Georgetown to show us how effective she is, this effectiveness is only in her
mind, at almost no Amerindian village can the effects of abuse by the PPP not
be seen, the media does not make this connection.
I am accusing this government of
keeping the Amerindians in abject poverty for the sole purpose of controlling
them financially. This other lady Shadick does not understand that the
systematic looting of the Amerindian villages of its young men and women most
of whom are turned into slaves and prostitutes constitutes trafficking in
persons and she has only now been made to "wake up" by the huge furore made by
the Americans but if one is in government as a functioning minister of human
services you would have to be aware, that the young Amerindian children
were being lured away from the Amerindian settlements and systematically turned
into prostitutes. Common humanity alone would have prompted you to do
something. But let's say that we forget about Shadick for now and its quite
easy to do that, this Amerindian Affairs Minister Rodrigues is an Amerindian,
was she not aware of this trafficking in persons? Of course she was, and what
did she do about it? well the answer is simple, she did nothing! But she is
buying them uniforms so that they can look good at school because that makes
her look good in the newspapers and on the news. But even here there are
problems according to the Stabroek news the St. Cutbert's mission head teacher
has left the mission because the accommodations were unacceptable, so now we
have this ridiculous Rodrigues lady giving free school uniforms to children who
don't have a teacher. Everywhere you look it is there, this incompetence.
The corruption is so endemic that the
head of the wildlife Division was fired because someone was exporting wildlife
without the permission of the board this man then tells us that he was
instructed to do so by Luncheon, huge mistake Khalawan, just shut up and
everything would have been fine, you did the unthinkable you pointed to the
culprit Luncheon and said he did it, a guaranteed way to get fired. Hopefully Khalawan
photocopied the correspondence from Luncheon telling him to do the exportation and
if you did buddy I for one would like to see it.
Then we have our president who holds a
press conference now he has invited Jimmy Carter here to help him with the PNC,
but he states that he does not care to have further dialog with Corbin, now the
National Democratic Strategy financed by the Carter centre identifies this
quote "meeting of the minds of the PPP and the PNC" as the single most
important precondition to the smooth running of the country's affairs. What is
he inviting Carter here for? To demonstrate that he has passed his level of
competence and is now totally incompetent. some weeks ago the US Ambassador
said that the people of Guyana should accept Jagdeo's commission of inquiry,
Jagdeo did not find this as interfering with the internal affairs of the
country, but the UN representative here says that their should be some
modifications to the commission and Jagdeo calls for the removal of the man
since he is interfering with the running of the internal affairs of the
country, well if the US ambassador can say that its OK and this is acceptable
to Jagdeo, then any other diplomat who says that's its not OK has the right to
do so also, isn't that true? Did anyone hear Jagdeo telling the US ambassador to keep out of the matter?
Then we have Ramsammy telling us that we should identify the migration of
nurses, not as failure of the PPP to provide them with a better living standard
but as an international trade in nursing services? And that we should talk to
the WTO about it, this foolishness defies categorising; there is no category of
foolishness under which this nonsense can be filed.