Page 33 How Good Trinidad & Tobago Live
Title: Promises not fulfilled
Comments: Looking at the general state of the nation we have really made very little progress since our independence.We were promised since our independence many things.Many promises being made especially at election canvassing period by all political parties here, but which are never fulfilled. Here is a list of promises that have been repeated time and time again .Better medical facilities,better welfare system, better educational facilities, better maintenance of roads and street lighting, better water supplies, better vehicles licensing facilities, better security and policing, less crime,better recreation and environment facilities, more employment, better housing for all,better facilities for the homeless, less street vendors in Port of Spain, improvement in out politics, a stable economy, and a better justice system. Now out of that lot, this is what have and have not been achieved. Our medical facilities are still below par.This is reflected my many of our politicians and wealthy citizens seeking medical care in overseas countries.They have little faith in the abilities of our so called medical experts. As for welfare this is just a dream as poverty is growing here at an alarming rate, and by the way things are going to get worse.Poor people here find it easier to commit crimes to survive that rely on any government handouts. Government funded Education has gone to dogs where one racial group is concerned. The stars of or exam system is still headed by one of the two main racial groups. School children of the other main racial group seem to lack ambition and appear be more interested in criminality by their recent bad behavior in schools .Generally speaking, we still have a poor educational system which needs upgrading. .As for roads,oh yes we have many new ones built of cheap materials and by cheap unskilled local labourers.. They together with the old roads are still in need of urgent repair. The funny thing about it all, is that we have a lakes full of asphalt which is supplied to all parts of the world but for reasons unknown we fail to utilize it here to fix our roads as needed. Where street lighting is concerned in some areas you still near a touch light to see in which direction you are walking at night. Getting a supply of good drinking water in many areas of our island is a nightmare and has been so for decades.No one seems to really care. Getting your car licensed or renewing your old license here could cost you an arm and a leg, and you may have to wait weeks to get the appropriate documents unless you are willing to pay the underhand asking price. As for National security, yes we have this in name only, as it is obvious by the amount of illegal immigrants we have here with criminal records involved in local crime, the entry of guns and drugs entering this island that this is an almost useless ministry. Since after the attempted coup in 1990 the officials of this ministry assisted by the police have stood by and watched a local ex-policeman create and lead a so called Muslim fanatical movement which has become a constant threat to our democracy. They and have allowed its leader normal freedom and open support despite the fact of him being the most notorious criminal on this island. Abu Bakr has continued to make a mockery of our justice system .No only that, his band of local so called Muslim extremists are now classified ISIS terrorists. We have become the biggest supplier of terrorists from this part of the world to the ISIS terrorist movement in Syria. As for the police. They have become a law onto themselves, and almost useless, tainted with dabbling in corruption and now linked to criminal activities as reflected in the increase of those officers charged for acts of lawlessness.Yes most jumping on the criminal bandwagon. We have here an galloping rate of crime especially serious crimes such as kidnappings and murders. The police presently retain a list as long a my arm of promised probes and investigation into illegal activities undertaken by local citizens which lies dormant in some filing cabinet within their headquarters. One such probe was the promised investigation into the affairs of a well known mastermind of corruption who is still allowed to walk free on this island without hindrance despite the alleged charges against him is still in play.There is no let up in the spiraling of all types of crimes here. With regards to recreational facilities and improvement in the environment. The only bit of real estate once used as a recreational facility 'the Savannah' is now a very dangerous place to frequent and slowly but surely is turning into its own street vendors paradise with quick built trading shacks. There is practically no new established forms of potential employment here,in fact, unemployment is on a steady rise creating yet more poverty and no doubt will lead to more crime. As for housing, yes there has been some progress in this field, but it is associated with internal corruption and many ordinary citizens can remain of awaiting list for years whilst other jump the queue having either paying the right price or knowing those in the hierarchy of the government housing business. As for the homeless almost nothing is done to accommodate these poor souls, despite the lip service from our politicians These citizens and their needs are at the bottom of any list of improvements here. It is simple a matter of political morals and compassion something which seems to be lacking in almost all of our politicians. The battle to keep the ever increasing brigade of street vendors off the thoroughfare in Port of Spain in still in full swing,with the authorities taking one step forward and two backwards ending up back at square one. The clear impression given is that our politics are infested with politicians using banana republic methods of thinking .There is still the constant battle of trying to prove which side is the best and the superior party to govern the nation. Politicians here portray themselves as members of private clubs and are only really interested in a quick buck for themselves their families and their associates,and the maintenance of their party and its hidden doctrine. They are infested with malice and personal spitefulness and wherever possible display this in legislation that demonstrates in inequality on a racial basis. Their geed is reflected in the present state of the economy and the trillions of dollars that have simply disappeared and cannot be accounted for causing our near stagnation of the progress of the living conditions of our ordinary citizens and the nation. One may well ask where has all the money gone.Your guess is as good as mine. The economy at present is on the brink of collapse, and it would now appear that politicians are willing to give away any remaining gains from our natural resources in order to present a picture of stability and a make belief survival. As regards to our justice system which has been headed by the same citizen for decades. This is a bizarre and rather odd set up and seemingly corrupt. It works at snail pace, and is unfair. It is not unusual to find a criminal having to spend decades in detention before his case is heard in a local court of law. Some of the verdicts and sentences are to be questioned. Not only that .The records will show that our justice system maintains two laws running parallel with each other, yes one for the rich and another for the poor. Ninety nine percent of our prisoners are from the lower class and black. Although most of our corruption cases involve those from the already wealthy and upper class you won't find any of these ' found guilt citizens'' in our prisons.This system really needs upgrading.and a change of its leader. The outstanding question is where have the trillions of dollars gone?. Surely not only on building new roads and some houses, whilst those in some districts still are using outside latrines.Yes the money is missing .Where is it? . Finally here is some good news to those who find my comments or letters repetitive .This is my last letter, unless of course some local political or other event associated with the police or crime force me again to recommence my daily patter.