Without a vision...
Few things can be as disappointing as seeing politicians cleaning up a beach. When politicians take up garbage bags and call out supporters together with the media to cover them removing garbage from our beaches, they indicate very clearly the poor state of governance in Trinidad and Tobago.
Would it not be refreshing to see politicians on our beaches commissioning some new beach tractors with garbage rakes to remove the garbage from the beaches? Would it not be wonderful to see our politicians commissioning new parking lots and change rooms with proper toilet facilities on our beaches?
How nice it would be to see our politicians showing off the new fishing piers, the new docking facilities for the fishermen, the new cold storage facilities for storing fishermen’s catch? How about secure areas for storing boat engines and troughs for testing engines? What about dining benches and food courts with proper water supply for the safe dispensing and consuming of food?
Trinidad and Tobago is surrounded by beautiful beaches; should we not have some of the best beach facilities in the Caribbean, considering the fact that we are among the richest islands in the West Indies?
The absence of vision is prevalent throughout our beloved nation. The highway to Point Fortin, for example, could have been started from both ends by different contractors, encouraging competition and reducing the duration of the project.
Crime, with all its challenges, continues unabated as the Government hopes some super minister or police commissioner will find an answer, rather than restructuring to ensure communities are responsible for their security.
This writer had been advocating for over ten years that no private citizen should be able to produce a car’s licence plates; this had been echoed by the past and present administration, yet to date there is no effort to expedite the production of secured number plates for cars?
The lack of vision allows us to spend billions of dollars without allocating a few toward increasing the number of foetal monitors in our labour and delivery rooms, acquiring additional beds to facilitate a growing population and adding critical equipment to our hospitals.
Without a vision, we are unable to see the possibility of relocating St Ann’s Hospital to a location in the foothills of the serene Northern Range, or along the Caroni Plains. Without a vision, we cannot see the benefits of restructuring local government to build strong communities and consequently a stronger nation.
We lack the vision to utilise our universities and the brilliant young people of our nation to design our roads, bridges, new train system, adequate drainage system, water distribution network and waste water management. Our Faculty of Agriculture should be challenged to find ways of utilising the thousands of acres of abandoned Caroni lands to grow food for local consumption and export, rather than a treasure to be occupied by squatters who later demand compensation for breaking the law.
Without a vision, the nation continues to hope someone will emerge to offer it more hand-outs rather than see the wonderful opportunity that exists for self-development, independence and liberty.