He should think of his political future

first_imgDear Editor,The AFC, from all indications, is operating as a separate dictatorship faction within the Coalition Government. This gets into the realm of promoting corruption when the current situation is analyzed.The reinstatement of an NCN Berbice branch official is a glowing tribute to cronyism and corruption in the AFC, and its intolerance of transparency and accountability. This person was sent on administrative leave for 10 months, and was paid full salary with all benefits. Now the person is back on the job despite evidence surfacing during the investigation to warrant this person’s dismissal. According to statements given by the staff who were dismissed, this official instructed them to prepare ‘fake invoices’ and to make ‘fake log’ entries.The reason for this person’s reinstatement would have been because of a ‘good relationship’ with the same AFC Minister who is in charge of NCN.The CEO of NCN was apparently instructed by this high ranking Minister to reinstate this person.The recent firing of Chronicle columnists David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis was allegedly done at the behest of this high ranking AFC Minister. In a letter to the press, Mr Hinds stated that, ‘a senior AFC Minister has, over time, been raising at the Cabinet level the issue of Hinds’ and Lewis’s columns. It was that same minister who gave instructions to the Editor-in-Chief to axe the columns’.He added that, ‘the Chronicle and the rest of the State media are controlled by the AFC as part of the distribution of spoils after the election. The Prime Minister has direct oversight of this sector’. Even two top AFC members who are members of the Board allegedly rubber-stamped the decision to fire the columnists, according to Hinds’s letter.It can be seen from the two examples that the same Senior Minister gave instructions to reinstate the person spoken about at NCN, and to fire the reputable and independent columnists.These two actions will not improve the already poor image of the AFC and its disappearing supporters. Apart from being silent on many important issues, what is clearly manifested is the AFC’s promotion of corruption and its dictatorship tendencies.I also have compelling evidence to support the allegation that AFC’s most prominent and well-respected member in Berbice, Mr Gobin Harbhajan, is extremely disgruntled and disappointed with some of his AFC colleagues. This gentleman has been the only face of the AFC in Berbice, and has been doing a fantastic job in the resolution of many problems facing Berbicians.Berbice is vitally important for the survival of the AFC, but it seems that the AFC leaders are quite content with their ‘good life,’ and no longer care about continued existence of the AFC. At this point, there is only one person who is keeping the AFC alive in Region 6, and that is Mr Gobin Harbhajan, a man who is not corrupt, and is dedicating his energies to assist persons in various communities. I am sure he has a large following, and should he decide to walk away from the AFC, then a lot of supporters will follow him.Mr Harbhajan should seriously think about his political future and the need to be of continued service to his fellowmen.Yours sincerely,Doodnauth Jagmohanlast_img read more

The Influence of School Nursing

first_img“They say take school serious, my education is so important that I don’t take notice that he’s there.”Seeing a young girl who has not reached the age of 16 breastfeeding a crying infant, who seems to need breast milk every hour, in her classroom makes the other girls uncomfortable, they said.“Having a baby looks fun; at least you’ll have someone to play with and bring to school everyday,” stated Louise, a 14 year old who sits next to ‘Tanya,’ who brings her nine month old to school everyday.“It’s embarrassing seeing a young girl like that with a baby; no man will want to marry you if they see that. Plus, when will she get to read her book when he keeps sucking and throwing her books around in the classroom?” asked Ruthie, a young girl who claims she is not in favor of young girls having sex before marriage.The real question in 16-year-old Tanya’s life is: why did she get pregnant if school is her first priority? According to the teen, having a baby is one of the sacrifices she had to make to go to school.“When I enrolled, I needed money to buy uniform to attend and then food to be able to focus while there. People in my community know that I love school very much and have over the years supported my going. This time around, one man saw that I needed things to get in school and offered to help. I couldn’t refuse,” Tanya, whose name has been changed, stated.Tanya had to get over her initial feelings when she started showing, at the age of 15, that she was pregnant. It wasn’t until she was well into her seventh month that she was sent home to deliver her baby. Tanya says she never missed a day of school; she would to school to receive her work and then sit around the cafeteria until classes end.“I always sat where I could hear my teacher teach our lesson; that’s how addicted I am to school,” Tanya stated, “and when they allowed me back, I brought my son with me.”The 9th graders in her class have different feelings towards sex and believe having underage sex is a crime because government has been stern in ensuring that girls under the age of 18 are protected from sexual assault and rape.“Watching Tanya have a baby and then start bringing the baby to school is going against everything the president said,” they added.Meanwhile, Tanya says her education will “continue and hold” despite her baby; and that with her new responsibility as a mother, she believes her education will be more essential now that she is learning for her and the child.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more