Pack your bags, Pickersgill

Tuesday, August 19, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

When some Jamaicans get angry they identify several routes to vent their anger, among them roadblocks, fiery protests, and the hurling of abuse at government agencies and the wider public sector. In some cases its not hard to understand why my fellow Jamaicans resort to the above mentioned routes. Well time come... that is for me to vent my anger.

I have silently vented and cursed over the lack of water to the residents of Hellshire, and by extension Greater Portmore. I am now making my voice heard publicly.

I am of the firm view that the time has come for Minister Robert Pickersgill to resign. My call comes in light of the fact that I have now lost respect for the man whom I held in high esteem. He holds the powerful water portfolio and I am of the firm belief that he has failed miserably.

The Pickersgill I know used to exude vim, vigour and vitality. Now, however, I call for Minister Pickersgill to walk away because too many law-abiding citizens are being provoked to wrath without even a single drop of water.

Instead of mounting a protest, I am forced to wait until whenever the powers that be deem it necessary to have the water supply restored. I continue to be a victim of not knowing when I will be able to bathe.

Even when there was no drought I can speak to being without the precious resource for weeks with no indication from the National Water Commission when water will return. Let the ministry and the National Water Commission dispute my claim.

As I rant my black tank is now empty, and I am 100 per cent sure Minister Pickersgill is enjoying the refreshing sound of tap water at his place of residence. Minister Pickersgill, you have been dubbed by some as "Chairman for Life" in relation to your political hat. This could only mean you are doing something right for your party. My wish is for you to take a permanent break as water minister, thereby freeing up space for someone with more than enough energy to identify new ideas and hopefully assist Portmore residents to at least enjoy a decent shower.

My usually reliable NWC sources inform me that the NWC Board is at its wits end trying to supply water to the nation; however, lack of resources and corruption continue to stymie those efforts.

The hard-working NWC employees also quietly say they are fed up, agreeing that paying NWC customers deserve more. I wait patiently.

Rohan Powell

Up-to-date NWC customer

Hellshire, St Catherine

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