Forde’s plea to stop vi­o­lence

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Community -

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.

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