We need a national conversation to come up with a programme to harness the suppressed talent of our youths

Dear Editor,

A very close look at what Guyanese have become can be narrowed down using these two words − greedy and selfish. Many of our leaders cannot articulate or properly represent issues unless they can personally be rewarded.

The gap between the haves and have-nots is so wide it is impossible for a normal person to understand how some people sleep at night.
In the not-so-distant past companies were calculating their salary scales by gauging the difference between the highest paid employee, which would be the chief executive officer, and the lowest, which would be the labourer. That gap was not as wide as it is today. How can we watch our fellow workers who work under some of the worst conditions making our industries productive, and pay them little while a few enjoy the sweet.

This level of greed is certainly reflected by the National Insurance Scheme through which our senior citizens were hoping to relax in their twilight years.

The other issue of selfishness can be seen in the area of providing opportunities for our young people to work. How can the young people gain experience if they are not given the opportunity?

Many of our older folks are quick to say that a young person is not experienced enough to do a certain job, forgetting that the same opportunities they are denying the youths were freely given to them when they were young.

We already have our national leaders saying that Guyana does not have the necessary skills to carry out certain work. Who is prepared to answer for the destruction of our skills training grounds that were there a few short years ago, namely, the Guyana National Service and the Bauxite Industry Apprentice Training Complex?

Major General (rtd) Joe Singh is on the button about the moral state of Guyana, As a person who was involved in a major organisation that was responsible for the moulding of young people’s lives to make them productive citizens, it will deeply hurt him to look on and see how we are wasting our future human resources.

Editor, we need a national conversation with responsible personnel who can come up with a proper programme to harness the surpressed talent within our youth.

Yours faithfully,
Jocelyn Morian

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