LETTER: Do not ignore youths in 2018 Budget

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Dear Editor,
The Guyanese people deserve a budget for 2018 that sets them up for a better life. But based on what I have seen so far, I am not convinced that Minister Winston Jordan or for that matter, his boss President David Granger, are prepared to support the youths of Guyana to truly build this nation. Rather, there are some heavy investments into the personal welfare of a small cabal, who have all peaked over 15 years ago. Case in point – a medical plan for Ministers who refuse to use the Georgetown hospitals but expect the nation to do so.
In early 2015, the majority of the youth stood with Granger because they saw him as a fresh face. His words did encourage an ambition that more youths would have been able to unleash their potential under the new Government, but sadly it was all a “HOUDINI” kind of illusion that was populated with heavy doses of subterfuge and deceit.
Guyana, as currently constituted, is too small a nation to be making all these mistakes. But this gross incompetence in the regime is causing the nation to fail to harness its true growth opportunities. As a result, the young people continue to express themselves with their feet by migrating. As a result, we are losing the critical skills and manpower we need to continue to build this nation.
Those few who decide to stay are overworked and overwhelmed by the collapse of all the systems around them.
Any finance talent will know that the 2018 Budget should be designed with the youths in mind and should include programmes and projects that can contribute to the creation of the new jobs, directly combat poverty and feed the process of creating real new wealth for more people.
One youth who left Guyana five months ago to work “off the books” in New York, returned in June only to tell me that “in five months everything has gotten so much harder in Guyana”. She even ventured out to state that “man, I can’t wait to come back to the States”.
So to the apologists in the Department of Public Information who are trying to distort the truth with their fake narrative that things are getting better, wake up! You can try peddling your falsehood as much as you want, the youths are aware of this Guyana tragedy under this regime and they are turning on the People’s National Congress. Once the youth turn on you, collectively we can all shout “Good riddance to the team that mislead the nation with that false promise of a “Good Life under Granger.”

Regards,
Sase Singh

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