What is next for the youths of Guyana?

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, To­day, in­creas­ingly the wide­spread per­cep­tion is that the young are feel­ing not very in­volved or en­gaged. From my con­ver­sa­tions with the hun­dreds of folks who take the time to com­mu­ni­cate with me us­ing the var­i­ous so­cial media chan­nels, I am be­ing told in­creas­ingly that some­thing is re­ally wrong with the eco­nomic sys­tem in Guyana in 2017.

While youth un­em­ploy­ment is a chal­lenge glob­ally at 13.5%,

in Guyana, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sta­tis­tics from the World Bank, it was 25.5% in 2016. If their busi­ness is un­der a clear and present dan­ger be­cause of an op­pres­sive busi­ness cli­mate lo­cally, the last thing on em­ploy­ers’ minds is the hir­ing of more staff. So clearly the main loser from this pol­icy paral­y­sis em­a­nat­ing from a very dis­tracted Granger regime will be the young.

It is most un­for­tu­nate that to­day that there is a per­va­sive rent-seek­ing at­ti­tude from the small group of peo­ple that sur­rounds David Granger. Their pub­lic at­ti­tudes and pri­vate ut­ter­ances on na­tional mat­ters por­tray a sort of “the trans­port for the nation we own now, leave us alone so we can col­lect our rent”. But if the Guyanese peo­ple al­low them to get away with this strate­gic reck­less­ness, the for­tunes of the young peo­ple will be com­pro­mised for a long time to come.

The at­tempt by the Granger ad­min­is­tra­tion at the mo­nop­o­liza­tion of the sys­tems of power in the nation to­tally ig­nores the fact that they won the elec­tions by 4,506 votes or one seat. With such a nar­row mar­gin, greater col­lab­o­ra­tion and ad­her­ence to the rule of law would have been the ex­pected norm.

So what is next for the youths of Guyana? First off, let us all read more on the ideas put for­ward by our rev­o­lu­tion­ary thinkers like Wal­ter Rod­ney. The sea­son of peace­ful but firm re­sis­tance is upon us be­cause clearly, the at­ti­tude of those in the PNC does not rep­re­sent the will of the peo­ple. Ac­tu­ally the im­posed edicts of Con­gress Place since May 2015 have done great harm to the long-term well­be­ing of the young. The nation has to pull to­gether to stop this delu­sion of grandeur in the Granger regime.

Yours faith­fully, Sase Singh

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