By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – In the absence of a Presidential debate, Brigadier David Granger has made a pitch to the Guyanese electorate as to why he is best suited to lead the country for the next five years, as against that of incumbent President, Donald Ramotar.
The Presidential Candidate firstly pointed out that he is a better candidate simply because he agreed to have a debate with Ramotar.
“The first characteristic of a leader is his willingness to engage his constituents and I religiously practice that and from time to time,” Granger said.
But he expounded on several issues which he believes continue to affect Guyana and which he feels Ramotar is not capable of handling. As such, Granger’s first contention is the country’s security, as he noted that he has an experienced and qualified team to tackle the issue head on.
“I have been in the Diaspora, I’ve been in all ten regions of Guyana…and security is a major issue, people feel unsafe; people in the Diaspora don’t even want to come back home because they feel so unsafe.
“I believe that comparing Clement Rohee’s performance over the last nine years with what I am capable of doing; I am the better choice to be President to assure Guyanese that they will be safe in their homeland,” the former army man told reporters.
He believes that he has a “good idea” what needs to be done to protect residents in the hinterland from banditry and residents on the coastland from piracy, murders, domestic and other forms of violence.
“I am very confident that we will be able to make Guyanese people safe.”
The Presidential Candidate also dealt with the issue of educating the nation and improving the University of Guyana.
“Without reforming the current broken education system, we will not be able to deal with the problems of development in this country,” Granger said.
As it relates to the issue of jobs, Granger promised that an APNU+AFC government will ensure that people are gainfully employed.
“This government has no strategy to deal with jobs for young people. One of the biggest problems facing young people is jobs and we have a strategy for providing young people with jobs; giving them vocational education, creating technical and agriculture institutions in all the regions.”
According to the Presidential Candidate, he and his team have a “good appreciation” of what women and young people want in Guyana, and as such the APNU+AFC should be given a chance to lead the country forward.