My 2017 wish is for national unity, safe communities, food security and improved health care in Trinidad and Tobago. One may wonder why despite years of making suggestions for the development of our nation much of it has been ignored. There is a possibility that this is so mainly because we, the ordinary citizens, simply do not have the knowledge to make informed suggestions.
In such light, it would be very nice if either the government or opposition answer the following questions so we can have a better understanding of the complications associated with governance:
• Why is it that we spend precious foreign exchange on food while the state allows thousands of acres of agricultural land to be unused?
• Why are our state parks, forests, caves, waterfalls, rivers and beaches underdeveloped, and unsecured?
• Why is one person responsible for issuing firearm licences?
• Why are citizens prevented from access to non-lethal devices that can protect them from criminals?
• Why are police patrols not structured and mandatory for every community?
• Why are CEPEP and URP contractors not given contracts to ensure that specific waterways are kept clean and clear?
• Why are bus routes not published with maps and schedule?
• Why are there no immediate plans for a rail system, especially when most of our major roadways are congested daily?
• Why are communities not empowered to manage their infrastructure, government services and land and building management?
• Why is funding for the steel pan limited to grants and not dedicated to manufacturing and marketing the instrument?
• Why is the economy structured so that the major contributor to our economic sustainability remains the energy sector despite forecasts of decline due to increased use of renewable energy?
• Why are alternative income earners like agriculture, tourism, lease of state lands, food processing and manufacturing in partnership with the business community not aggressively considered?
• Why are our infrastructure and buildings like the President’s house, Red House, Whitehall in a terrible state of disrepair and our new buildings like the Couva hospital and Motor Vehicles building in Caroni rapidly deteriorating without a structured maintenance and repair plan?
• Why can’t politicians of both sides of the aisle agree on a legislative package aimed at improving the quality of life for our citizens?
These are just a few of many questions that citizens will like to have answered. Others like when is the licensing department on Wrightson Road likely to be opened to the public for a full day leaves many wondering if we will ever get answers.
God bless our nation.