Forde’s plea to stop violence
Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment Adrian Forde is pleading with the youth to put down the weapons and end the violence.
He made this plea in response to recent gun violence, including the shooting death of Hayden Mayers, also known as “Bread Man”.
The 50-year-old was killed on November 8 while he was on the job in Mansion Road, Bank Hall, St Michael. Kishmar Young, 20, Wayne Bryan, 17, Romario Daisley, 18, and Rashon Sealy, 18 were subsequently charged with his murder.
“I am pleading with you to put down the gun and to think twice before you react in a negative way because it has serious consequences,” Forde said recently.
When asked what he thought was needed for there to be an improvement in the behaviour of lawless young people, he stressed the importance of positive mentorship.
From the bottom
“My heart bleeds because I understand more than any other person how it is to come from the bottom in a society where it is sometimes so hard to break the shackles. But I equally understand that with the right mentorship and interest being shown, something positive can happen,” he said.
Forde added that this would be the purpose of the Building Blocks initiative, which is now out of the research phase. He said this was coming soon.
The intention is for working professionals to work with the “block entrepreneurs”, to train them to help develop their businesses, to transition from small to medium-sized enterprises over the three-year cycle of the programme.
“We are going to bring idyllic businesses to Barbados with this project. Those people on the blocks, they have creative minds and imaginations and I am saying let us use them to catapult Barbados into a new dimension.
“We are going to build out blocks in a literal way because we are going to change the structures into idyllic business centres and add a beautification aspect to it. So it’s going to change the look of Barbados,” Forde promised.