We need de­ci­sive lead­er­ship from the very top

Stabroek News Sunday - - NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, Re­ports in the me­dia today (April 7) about wran­gling over which Min­is­ter (Agri­cul­ture or Fi­nance) should have over­sight re­spon­si­bil­ity for GuySuCo, Guyana’s num­ber one in­dus­try, is in­deed a sad re­flec­tion of a ma­jor flaw in which this premier in­dus­try has been floun­der­ing for far too long.

There is no doubt that the sugar in­dus­try has had too long a spell of de­press­ing per­for­mance about which there have been a num­ber of di­ag­noses and reme­dies pro­posed by nu­mer­ous ‘politi­cians’, ‘pun­dits’, ‘pro­fes­sion­als’ and ‘prag­ma­tists’ among us. ‘Pri­va­ti­za­tion’ v ‘Na­tion­al­iza­tion’ v ‘Out­sourc­ing of the Man­age­ment’ of the in­dus­try have been among the sev­eral plas­ters pre­scribed for the sore and sorry plight of the in­dus­try, and they have all been given a fair chance to prove their worth (or worth­less­ness!). (In sim­i­lar vein, the gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed CoI into the sugar in­dus­try has also made its rec­om­men­da­tions upon which we are still to see any ac­tion.)

It bog­gles the mind that the nat­u­ral place­ment of the sugar in­dus­try un­der the um­brella of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture is a sub­ject of dis­pute; af­ter all the sugar in­dus­try is the largest and un­ques­tion­ably most cru­cial ‘agri­cul­tural’ as­pect of gov­ern­ment. If the sub­ject Min­is­ter is in­ef­fec­tive, then s/he should be re­placed by some­one bet­ter; to re­move the en­tire Min­istry in­stead of the Min­is­ter just does not make sense.

Now, out of the blue as the say­ing goes, we have a de­bate about which ‘Min­is­ter’ not which ‘Min­istry’ should take con­trol of the in­dus­try. At this rate we may soon have the Min­is­ter of Co­he­sion be­ing pro­posed as the most ap­pro­pri­ate to over­see the in­dus­try since it ap­pears that ‘per­sonal’ or ‘per­son­al­ity’ or ‘po­lit­i­cal’ wran­gling is at the core of the poor in­dus­try’s plight!

My good friend and pro­fes­sional col­league, Mr EB John, in Stabroek News of the day be­fore iden­ti­fied the need for good old “team work” in the in­dus­try; it is now pal­pa­bly clear that we also, or more so, need a strong dose of de­ci­sive lead­er­ship from the very top.

May I re­spect­fully beg for the President’s nec­es­sar­ily de­ci­sive in­ter­ven­tion? I do not have to tell him, that there is too much at stake at the na­tional level to al­low this ap­par­ently child­ish or highly ‘po­lit­i­cal’ wran­gling to go on, and for the in­dus­try to con­tinue in an ap­par­ently rud­der­less mode. Yours faith­fully, Nowrang Per­saud

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