Providing security for our nation must be approached holistically, because security
encompasses many spheres.
Crime and its related ills have been impacting on our national image for too long and our security forces need a re-invigorated approach to crime-fighting, with fighting being the operative word. The scourge of illicit drug use is accelerating, especially in the ranks of our young people, and the security forces need to develop strong community linkages so that the dealers can be identified, isolated, and prosecuted.
In many instances the desperation for the next “fix’ drives persons to commit heinous crimes, leaving many casualties, so an integrated approach by the providers of social services, the Government, the schools, the communities – in religion-driven and social exercises, and the security forces is needed for any effective leverage to prevail against this scourge.
Public health care provision needs bolstering in ways that could restore public trust in the systems. There have been many instances where allegations have been made about lack of sympathetic medical interventions, so the government can provide the physical facilities, but if the human and humane components are missing then our healthcare systems cannot provide optimum service to our people.
Food security is a factor that is currently being addressed by the Agriculture Ministry’s aggressive “Grow More Food” campaign, as well as many interventions in necessary areas of the sector.
The external threats within the global dynamics, and this includes the anomalies of climate change and the rising fuel prices – among other issues, are threatening the quality of survival of developing nation states, and we, despite our wealth of resources, are indisputably one of the poorer of the developing nations, because we are only now emerging from the quagmire that the PNC Government left us in, although this nation’s macro-economic fundamentals are now stabilized and there is real economic growth, which has positioned Guyana for further socio-economic development.
The sad truth is that our economic security is compromised because of the reality of divisive politics that is impeding development strategies initiated by the Government.
There is a great need to circumvent this because we have learnt, painfully, that we cannot appeal to the conscience, nor the patriotism of those who create blueprints for disunity, mayhem, and murder in this nation of ours, so it is an imperative for government to strategise and circumnavigate in ways that can restore this nation to a unified force striving together to create of this country a land of Peace, Prosperity, and Plenty.
Acceleration of development is only possible when the human element can be motivated to join forces in developmental strategies. This is the vital factor and the primary component that can drive our country into achieving the MDG’s. Government has put in train mechanisms that seek to involve all stakeholders in decision-making processes. However, the administration has to contend with those who seek high office through the backdoor and who use nefarious leverages, whatever the cost to the nation, to derail the initiatives put in place to take this nation forward.
That is why outreach programmes are imperative, so that communities learn to support each other to enhance personal and national development; and when the administrative systems fail, it is the entire society that suffers, so public servants need to be held accountable, with no consideration of race, religion or politics, because this nation needs unity of purpose if real progress is to be achieved.