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Management deficit killing us in Jamaica

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Dear Editor,

We seem to disregard prudent management practices in so many areas of national life to our detriment .

There seems to be no system in place to maintain roadways. Hence the expansive system of roads in Jamaica is left to disintegrate after costing tens of millions to lay them down. It would be nice to reactivate a Public Works Department-like system which will constantly monitor and repair roads in each parish. Is that too hard to ask?

How about placing a member of the National Water Commission on each roadwork team so pipes can be fixed while building roads and not dug up after they are done.

In 2017 we were almost washed away by flooding. All across the country there was constant rain for weeks in Portland, St Ann, Clarendon, and most of western Jamaica wreaking havoc. Less than a year later, in 2018, and we are seeing drought-like conditions across the country. If this isn't incompetence I don't know what is.

Is it too hard to build more dams and water collection facilities to harvest more water so we can prepare to avoid these kinds of dilemma?

Our good name has been mired in crime for way too long. Criminals appear to have the upper hand. How about making more examples of those involved in criminality across the board? Begin with the little things like roadside vending, squatting, crassness among drivers on the roads, public disorder, and delinquency among students. Is that so hard to implement?

Why are clerks putting five and six cases or more for trial on a court list for the same day? How will a trial be possible for all that? Why are people still being released on bail after being accused of specific crimes multiple times? Can't those in the justice system schedule matters and dispose of matter based on their age and importance to clear backlogs? Let justice be seen not just heard.

Why in the 21st century are junior members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force still being flung far and wide to work like they are indentured slaves? How practical is it to place officers out of their way then expect sterling service from them? Can the top brass of the police force not see the benefit of placing members to work where they are most comfortable and where they can attend to their families? It appears nonsensical, punitive, and poor management to allow such a travesty to continue. Treat police officers like humans and watch their level of service rise. Do the right thing and transfer officers to work where they are closer to home and less stressed.

May some of these ideas be adopted by the powers that be.

Joseph Edwards

jdocforreal@gmail.com

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