Failure in Basic Management
BY SHANE A. MOHAMMED
As I leave the Ramlogan and Ramdeen issue of last week, I continue this week on my series on perspective, I must turn my attention to Management as an effective aspect of Good Governance. I often wonder, about what the daily operations of Ministries look like today and in particular that of Ministers’ Secretariats.
Under the former administration, the Secretariat of Ministers was a bustling engine room with tight schedules of meetings and engagements that facilitated the exchange of ideas towards policies, the expected dates of start and completion of projects, new initiatives and opportunities.
This was under a high performing administration. I’m not quite sure what’s happening now because Governance has been literally stagnated in this country.
If therefore, Ministers’ Secretariats are not bustling with activity then what are Ministers doing? Those who are MPs one would expect should be tending to the needs of their constituents and those who simply hold Ministerial portfolios should at least be in the field addressing various matters as it pertains to their Ministries but even that isn’t happening.
It appears that under this administration, there is no real Governance and by extension there is mismanagement.
The Minister of Agriculture lacks initiative and foresight
At the beginning of the dry season, I had hoped that the lushness of the Northern Range would have survived and until March there was some amount of promise. The drive to south is horrendous and troubling.
I am not sure where the Environment portfolio now falls and the Minister of Agriculture clearly hasn’t been throughout the length and breadth of the country, because for a man who claims to be down to earth and in touch with the ground, he clearly has no passion for his responsibilities nor for his job.
We already have the issue of Sahara Dust entering our atmosphere which makes it difficult to breathe properly. We now have the additional problem of ongoing bush fires whether naturally or unnaturally lit. I will use “unnaturally” cautiously because the extreme heat of the sun bearing down on the smallest piece of glass can ignite a flame.
The question we should be asking ourselves is why are there so many pieces of glass in dense forests? Well, while we are a good people generally, we also tend to be a careless and “dutty” as well. I am fed up of seeing drivers, hikers, river and beach limers litter the place without any regard.
Dr Fuad Khan has on numerous times had to tell our people to stop being so stink!!! What will it take to clean up after ourselves? We are in the middle of the dry season, the driest it has been in years, must you flick your cigarettes out your window so callously?
Given the countless bush fires, I would have expected the Minister of Agriculture to utilise the free sea water that surrounds us to assist in putting out these fires. It is absolutely unhealthy for us to constantly live in a smoky environment. It is dangerous to drive when the highways are constantly blocked with heavy smoke.
Bush fires continuously threaten people’s property and additionally they threaten our wild life. It is clear that the Minister of Agriculture no doubt lacks initiative and foresight to even act on the simplest of tasks.
Additionally, prior to the start of the dry season, everyone was warned by meteorologists that 2019 would be a severely dry year. Prior to the flooding in October last year, the Government yet again did nothing to ensure a proper management of our water supplies.
There are several dams throughout the country. There are also the desalination plants constructed by the first UNC Government to assist in the management of water especially during the dry season.
The PNM government had boasted that Minister Robert Le Hunte had an impressive CV in management, banking and finance but yet as Minister of Public Utilities, his impressive management CV has done nothing in the management of water.
My good friend, former Senator and Attorney Larry Lalla has remarked that Port of Spain and environs have not once complained for water during this dry season because water never stopped flowing through pipes. However, everywhere else in this country people have gone for weeks without water in their pipes and worse yet without even raindrops to depend upon.
This Government has decreased production in our energy sectors which one wonders then, is there an excessive water supply from the Desal Plants and if so, why has this Government not done some sort of simple rationing to allow residents to get a respectable supply of water from those plants?
With the exception of the Minister constantly telling everyone to conserve and manage water, he has done absolutely nothing to ease the situation but everything to increase the population’s frustration.
The PNM treats the population worse than slaves
Two of the simplest forms of Management in Government management of excessive bush fires and management of a respectable water supply and in both the Government has FAILED!!! If a Government cannot find creative and innovative ways to address two very simple issues then can you trust them to continue beyond 2020?
We can barely say we are confident that we can trust them for the rest of 2019, what would you expect for the future? This PNM administration treats the population worse than slaves. In our own country we are treated with the greatest disrespect, first they destroy our energy sector, then they leave us unmanned and open to foreign rogue elements.
And now they have left us to live in drought.
Open your eyes and minds my people, many false prophets will come preaching country first, don’t be fooled into letting the PNM slip past 20 seats because Hell’s Fury won’t compare with what we are having now.