Things still brown for Browne
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.
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.