Oil and gas fo­rum did not de­liver job an­swers to youth

Stabroek News - - Letters -

Dear Edi­tor,

I would like to ex­press my dis­ap­point­ment with the man­ner in which young peo­ple were treated at the Oil and Gas Fo­rum con­ducted by the Depart­ment of Youth at the Umana Yana on Jan­uary 12th. I am all for ed­u­cat­ing all Guyanese to the op­por­tu­ni­ties and pos­si­bil­i­ties that come with our ad­di­tion of oil pro­duc­tion to our eco­nomic sec­tor. What we were treated to was an ex­er­cise in poorly staged pro­pa­ganda, an at­tempt to show new found love for youth by the APNU+AFC.

The pre­sen­ta­tions young Guyanese were treated to were re­plete with vague lan­guage, hy­per­in­flated fig­ures and eso­teric de­tails, “this in­dus­try is cap­i­tal in­ten­sive”, “Pros­per­ous peo­ple profit from prob­lems”, “Do not chase af­ter the dol­lar, chase af­ter your dreams,” “$680 Mil­lion USD spent in 2018 by the oil com­pa­nies”, “too much oil re­finer­ies in the world”. The ques­tion on al­most ev­ery par­tic­i­pant’s lip was job-re­lated, what jobs were avail­able now?

Who would the oil com­pa­nies have to hire based on lo­cal con­tent re­quire­ments? Jobs? Jobs? Jobs?

The an­swers were not help­ful, no plan to build a re­fin­ery means very few jobs. I would have liked an in-depth anal­y­sis of this po­si­tion. Telling us that Trinidad just closed their 40-year-old re­fin­ery is not per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion, for 40 years Trinidad & Tobago’s re­fin­ery was a driv­ing force in a vi­brant, boom­ing econ­omy. This was typ­i­cal of the an­swers pro­vided, short, un­cer­tain and of­ten vague spec­u­la­tion.

There will be an­other of these thinly dis­guised APNU+AFC cam­paign events on the 19th Jan­uary at the sports hall, and many more young peo­ple seek­ing an­swers about op­por­tu­ni­ties in the oil and gas sec­tor will be treated to this song and dance rou­tine. Edi­tor, young peo­ple like mu­sic, yes we sing ‘stran­gle me and tie me up’ but this is not what we mean, more hope was found un­der the tents of the MovieTowne job fair, a project en­abled by the PPP/C for which Win­ston Brass­ing­ton has been charged for sell­ing land at $18 Mil­lion an acre, in part of an area that the PNC tried to sell at $25 thou­sand per acre, than here at the im­pres­sive sound­ing Oil and Gas fo­rum. This is a gov­ern­ment bereft of vi­sion or knowl­edge; they can­not shed light on which they them­selves do not un­der­stand.

Yours faith­fully,

Vick­ram Bhar­rat

PPP/C Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment

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