2018 bud­get: An As­sault on Sport Devel­op­ment

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

The 2018 bud­get, which was pre­sented to the Na­tional As­sem­bly last Mon­day, is spine­less with re­spect to the devel­op­ment of sport in Guyana.

It is shame­ful to note that Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Win­ston Jor­dan, in his bud­get speech, seems obliv­i­ous in re­spect to sport and what is needed for its preser­va­tion and devel­op­ment.

More se­ri­ous is the fact that only two days be­fore the 2018 bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion, the Direc­tor of Sport, who is an Ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the ‘dy­ing and dwin­dling’ PNC/R, in­sulted the na­tional sports as­so­ci­a­tions when he pub­licly stated that only two as­so­ci­a­tions are func­tion­ing.

The Min­istry of Cul­ture Youth and Sport was set up un­der the PPP/C Gov­ern- ment as a spe­cial Min­istry. The PPP/ C Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to the devel­op­ment of our youths, hence the ini­ti­a­tion of sev­eral pro­grammes to bet­ter pre­pare them and boost the devel­op­ment of sport and other sec­tors in our coun­try.

To­day, the Min­istry of Cul­ture Youth and Sports has been re­duced to a mere de­part­ment. There are no longer any mean­ing­ful ed­u­ca­tional and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for our youths.

Tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion was a point of fo­cus. Two start-of-the-art TVT cen­ters were set up and fully fur­nished by the PPP/C Gov­ern­ment.

To­day, both cen­ters des­per­ately need fi­nan­cial and hu­man re­source sup­port. Our youths are liv­ing in a state of stag­na­tion and de- spair and have re­sorted to crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties to gain an ‘in­come.’

These so­cial ills of our so­ci­ety were not taken into con­sid­er­a­tion in the 2018 bud­get. Sui­cide, drugs and sub­stance abuse must be reme­died with the in­tro­duc­tion of more sport and re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and at­trac­tive com­mu­ni­ties sport pro­grammes.

To­day, our stu­dents are not be­ing ex­posed to at­trac­tive sport ac­tiv­i­ties. In­stead, they are fall­ing vic­tim to the so­cials ills that are plagu­ing our so­ci­ety.

The APANU/AFC col­la­tion gov­ern­ment can­not jus­tify their spend­ing on our youths and stu­dents. We must ask them to show us what new they have done in the sec­tor. The Aquatic Cen­tre has be­come a ‘white

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