Wed | Sep 30, 2020

Lead by example, JUTC

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2020 | 12:15 AM


Last week, news broke about the massive overspend at the JUTC, to include apparent overtime to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, contributing to massive losses paid for by Jamaican citizens.

Following the report made, one would have expected immediate resignations and heads to roll, were the entire board and management team not to have the pride to voluntarily step down.

On deeper thought, though, this is Jamaica, the land of wood, water, and nine-day wonders, and one is left to ‘wonder’ why we, as Jamaicans, tolerate so much and rarely, if ever, hold any of our public servants to account.

I now call on the JUTC board to lead by example, and if they don’t, I call on the prime minister to send a clear message as to how he will begin to respond to the wanton misuse and abuse of public funds now that the recent pact with the Opposition on crime and corruption has been signed.

While I know that the chances of this happening equate to the chance of seeing snow at Emancipation Park in the blazing midday sun, I suppose we are allowed to dream. Bob was right, and decades later, we sadly remain in mental slavery, and none but ourselves can free our minds.