All of the PPP programmes from a national perspective are based on inclusiveness. I have spent nine months in the land of many waters and traversed the three counties and witnessed development as far as the eyes can see. There is so much construction that stones used in cement mix, a locally mined product, were unavailable for three months in the ancient county, and there has been an ongoing problem with a shortage of this product. Lumber is in short supply and skilled workmen are in constant demand as well.
The market stalls are over flowing with vegetables and fruits. Plantains are 5 for $100.00. Eggplants and tomatoes $50.00 a pound. Red fish 22 inches long goes for $300.00. There is a proliferation of chicken farms yet there is a demand for more. The average Joe can eat as much as he wants. This abundance of food, in fact, is leading to an obesity epidemic accompanied by diabetic complications. Instead of tightening the belts as used to be the call by the PNC, the PPP is recommending loosening the belt with the extra cost and weight.
The Anamayah Memorial Hospital was forced to install a dialysis machine to accommodate patients. There is talk about liposuction therapy.
The great majority of the members of the PPP leadership are city types, and the few country representatives find the country heat and dust to be oppressive after a few weeks of acclimatizing to GT’s air-conditioned environment. As a demonstration of good faith, the leadership of the PPP should spend the next 10 days in Berbice on a meet the people tour. This process should continue in the rest of the countryside, and the final 10 days should be spent in Georgetown. This is not so much an economic need issue, but more one of neglecting the base. So in keeping with the President’s diet commitment, let’s give up the processed food in GT and go to the countryside and eat what we reap.