Things still brown for Browne

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page -

SOME THINGS are sim­ply puz­zling. In­deed, out­ra­geously amaz­ing.

Take the case of the of­fice of the direc­tor of the Bar­ba­dos Sta­tis­ti­cal Ser­vice.

It seems un­be­liev­able, but it is true: Aubrey Browne has been act­ing as the direc­tor for the past eight years.

Stu­dious chap

Con­sid­ered by most peo­ple as a stu­dious chap from his days at sec­ondary school, Browne has long ob­tained all the nec­es­sary cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the job. From all re­ports, he has the con­fi­dence of the staff, who see him as be­ing com­pe­tent to do the job.

The Na­tional Union of Pub­lic Work­ers must know about this un­ten­able sit­u­a­tion. Af­ter all, Asokore Beck­les, a se­nior mem­ber of the union’s ex­ec­u­tive, works in that depart­ment and would at some time have men­tioned the sit­u­a­tion.

Yet, the union has never spo­ken pub­licly about the wrong be­ing done Mr Browne. The Min­istry of the Civil Ser­vice and the Per­son­nel Ad­min­is­tra­tion Di­vi­sion should do the right thing – ei­ther ap­point Mr Browne, or even at this stage re­vert him to his sub­stan­tive po­si­tion.

But in fair­ness, he must have some rea­son­able ex­pec­ta­tion of be­ing per­ma­nent in the top po­si­tion.

(FP)

AUBREY BROWNE

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