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In recent times, Guyana has unfortunately become all too familiar with tales of government incompetence and mismanagement that are both disheartening and detrimental to the nation’s progress. A series of troubling incidents and shortcomings have left us questioning the capabilities of those entrusted with the governance of our beloved country.
One such instance is the glaring example of poor engineering at Red Road in Providence, where inadequate planning and execution have led to the destruction of 150 meters of road. This is not just a matter of inconvenience; it carries significant consequences. The Providence Mall, a bustling center of commerce, stands to lose millions of dollars due to the road’s closure. Equally concerning is the impact on the structural integrity of nearby properties, putting the safety of citizens at risk.
Another issue of concern is the complete lack of cybersecurity and the response to the recently reported cyber espionage against computers of top government officials. The almost immediate defensive response of “nothing here” screams incompetence and a gross misunderstanding of how hackers work. Does anyone really believe that the Guyana government’s “cyber-geniuses” have the ability to ascertain within 24 hours that none of their systems were hacked?
Another alarming issue is the government’s lack of foresight and investment in the country’s electrical infrastructure. Guyana’s GDP has been forecasted to experience exponential growth, yet the electrical grid appears ill-prepared to meet the increasing demands. Frequent power outages and disruptions have become all too common, hindering economic activities and frustrating citizens.
The inadequacy of the water network is another pressing concern. Clean and accessible water is a basic necessity, but the government’s inability to provide reliable water supply systems leaves many communities without this fundamental resource. It is both a testament to incompetence and a disservice to the people.
One of the most glaring examples of governmental ineptitude pertains to the reduction of Exxon’s liability. The renegotiation of a contract that initially held Exxon responsible for $215 million in environmental damages, only to see that reduced to a meager $3 million, raises serious questions about transparency, accountability, and the government’s ability to protect the interests of the nation.
Furthermore, the quality of road infrastructure in Guyana has been a longstanding concern. Crumbling roads and potholes have become fixtures in our daily commutes, posing threats to both lives and vehicles. The allocation of contracts to political cronies, regardless of their competence, further underscores the rot in the system.
It is distressing to see these issues permeating across every ministry, casting a shadow of doubt over the government’s ability to manage the country’s affairs effectively. Incompetence and corruption appear to have taken root, compromising the progress and prosperity of Guyana.
The time for change is long overdue. Guyana deserves leadership that is accountable, transparent, and committed to the well-being of its citizens. We must demand better from those who hold the reins of power and insist on a government that is both competent and dedicated to the nation’s needs. Our future depends on it.