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Gov't failing the youth

Published:Thursday | January 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM


It appears that our leaders have absolutely no clue as to how to create job opportunities for the youth.

A survey conducted last year by the Centre for Leadership and Governance at the University of the West Indies revealed that most of the youth surveyed were dissatisfied with the opportunities available to them, with 43.2 per cent below the age of 18 saying that they would be willing to give up their Jamaica citizenship. Also 49.3 per cent of young adults surveyed indicated that they would also change their nationality.

The survey has demonstrated that successive government after successive government have failed the young people miserably; perhaps the parliamentarians spend too much time bickering in Gordon House and blaming each other. I would suggest they collectively think of ways and means how to grow the economy and engage with the young people.

I understand the youth's frustration, and I am not surprised by the survey. But not all hope is lost. Jamaica is still a good place to live, raise families and to do business. It is time for the young people to get involved with the process of governance and move towards change in the society. We can't sit back and wait on investors from North America and the Far East to rescue our fragile economy.

The Government needs to facilitate and encourage small businesses and develop a sustainable growth plan.

Damion McCatty