[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Alliance for Change (AFC) has observed that 2014 is slowly coming to a close and the final report of the 2012 Housing and Population Census still cannot be made public.
The Party decried attempts at fostering development without the critical data to guide this development; adding that it is tired of excuses.
When the preliminary report which outlined broad parameters was made public in July the final report was promised by the second half of 2015 which will provide details on ethnic composition of the population, unemployment rate and foreign born population among others.
“How can this government continue to plan and put forward a national budget without the relevant data, or are they willfully withholding the census report?” AFC’s Trevor Williams questioned; adding that “What is in it that they don’t want the public to know?”
Williams said his Party remains committed to the development of Guyana’s youth population; pointing out that 2014 was particularly challenging to youth with regards to unemployment and lack of opportunities to develop and nurture skill.
“The University of Guyana and other accredited institutions are producing hundreds professionals who are forced to alter their dreams or leave Guyana in search of a better life,” he told reporters at the Party’s yearend press conference on Thursday last.
In this regard, the AFC has called on the government to take the necessary steps to improve the livelihood and create more opportunities for the young.
The AFC also calls on young Guyanese to resist the temptation of criminal and law breaking activities and dedicate time and effort to utilizing whatever opportunities may exist.