Oil and gas forum did not deliver job answers to youth
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.
PPP/C Member of Parliament