Our nation drags through its days, under the searing sun on the edge of the vast broiling Atlantic Ocean with the green waves of virgin forests shaping our dear land, facing this void: we lack a national vision.
Let’s look at our nation along its historical curve. From our formation as a people welded together in the fiery furnace of harsh, back-brukin’ labour on broiling-sun agro-estates, we today struggle to forge the Guyanese way of being.
Ironic, isn’t it, that on the same day news flared up in the United States and Europe that the Italian mafia connects with Guyana to smuggle narcotics across the world, General Secretary of the ruling political party, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, was launching a verbal attack against the free, independent press?
How real is our Parliament, as a repository of the power of the people, to effect good governance?
Since the 2011 general elections, this question has generated enormous interest, the most recent being Chief Justice Ian Chang’s ruling that Parliament is quite limited in its power to chop excesses off Government’s annual national budget.
Young people make up most of our nation’s population today. And unless we create sound ways to mentor and coach and develop these young minds, we would stumble along into our default future, another generation lost, unable to rise to our potential.
We face system failures in this society that cause severe social crisis. Given the broken state of our Criminal Justice system, we must face the critical system failure at the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Cussing out one another when we disagree on an issue cannot generate solutions to our problems. With instant access to a global audience on social media, we resort to this loud, raucous, uncouth, ghetto-style cussing out on the world stage, engaging in verbal wars online.
We launch this new year, well into the second decade of the 21st century, with tremendous challenges facing us.
Guyanese around the world woke up to the new year with a picture of President Donald Ramotar gone viral across the globe.