Change Needed in T&T

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By Dr Neil Gosine

PEOPLE power is a multifaceted thing that takes many forms – it depends on the type of change you want to achieve and who exactly has the power to effect that change through government, community or even individually.

Change isn’t easy but it’s extremely difficult for our country.

Our country needs to change direction and this is becoming increasingly more important as the crime situation is totally out of hand. Gangs and extortion rackets are now becoming stronger and more prominent in our communities as our protective services and institutions are deteriorating.

Year-after-year and especially during the Budget presentation we hear the same rhetoric over and over again and we are not seeing anything that can make a difference in our lives. There’s a major call for administrative reform in Trinidad and Tobago but the pace our public service moves is grossly inadequate. A snail pace. Our country deserves more especially innovative ways to tackle the inefficiencies of our public service, security services and our utility services.

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The Chief Justice in the opening of the Law Term 2023/2024 has called for reform of the public sector. He complained about the inefficient staff model that’s damaging the Judiciary and government ministries.

The public service has increased in size exponentially for decades to give people jobs under various Governments without delivering efficient services to the people. As our service needs have grown the systems have not improved and has caused problems throughout the entire system.

So yes we recognise that change is never easy and in our country it moves like molasses. There seems to be no plans to make a difference and make changes in an antiquated system that we have outgrown.

There seems to be only old talk and self congratulations by our government than any real plan of action. Our future economic success and income growth is at stake now. Our government has to listen to the people and stop their dictatorial and tyrannic attitude in managing our economy and running the country inefficiently. If not they are not fit to be in power and maybe change will be inevitable. We need to put a stop to this stagnation and deal with the problems.

Crime is number one.

Neil Gosine is an insurance executive. He is also the treasurer of the UNC and a former chairman of the National Petroleum Marketing Company of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Administration MBA, BSC in Mathematics and a BA in Administrative Studies. The views and comments expressed in this column are not necessarily those of AZP News, a Division of Complete Image Limited.


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