Must do bet­ter when choos­ing na­tional awards

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

IT IS THE NORM that at In­de­pen­dence ev­ery year na­tional awards at dif­fer­ent lev­els are given to those who are deemed to have qual­i­fied for such. This year we have had two such events, one not long be­fore the elec­tion and one at the usual time. On what ba­sis and by whom are these awards de­cided? Many peo­ple feel that these awards are solely to give recog­ni­tion to the party faith­ful of which­ever party is in of­fice at the time.

Per­haps, a bet­ter way of deal­ing with this ex­er­cise would be to have a com­mit­tee com­pris­ing in­de­pen­dent peo­ple of in­tegrity with no known party af­fil­i­a­tion along with one mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing the party in of­fice.

It is a down­right shame that Emile Straker has never been el­e­vated to this coun­try’s high­est hon­our. How much more does he have to do in the field of mu­sic and tourism pro­mo­tion to get his due?

Since he is at an ad­vanced age this sit­u­a­tion needs to be rec­ti­fied as soon as pos­si­ble. It is very likely that many oth­ers who are also de­serv­ing of awards at dif­fer­ent lev­els are omit­ted due to the present sys­tem.

– MICHAEL BIR­KETT

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