2018 budget: An Assault on Sport Development
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