PRESS RELEASE – Last evening’s public meeting in Dennery North was a platform for the youth. Gracing the platform were an impressive number of young presenters, who addressed the issues of youth development, unemployment and victimization.
The presenters lambasted the government and the outgoing representative on the issue of youth development. The young people of Dennery are particularly disheartened by the current Youth Minister’s lack of concern for the creation of innovative and supportive environments where they can choose, act and apply their talents on their own behalf. They also expressed their dissatisfaction in the Minister for not enabling adequate resource allocation and supportive frameworks, stable environment for information sharing, employable skills and a positive social and personal value system.
It is important to ask. Are we capable of readily shedding these barriers of youth development to work together as one real prosperous society? Are we prepared to form a societal and economical Utopia? Leaving these questions aside, we need to recognize what is pertinent and less open to dispute.
What is important is to recognize that the youth are powerful drivers in nation building and the overall development and empowerment of our society. It should be the primary objective of every government to increase access to youth-targeted employment and improve youth employability. What is equally imperative is the application of libertarian tax regimes, conceptualization of economic linkages between sectors, development of resilient health care systems and implementation of progressive social policies.
In his maiden address candidate for Dennery North Jimmy Henry asserted “Dennery North and the Mabouya Village are unique. We are unique because we have a strong heritage. We are unique because we have very independent thinking, industrious, well-educated and ambitious people. We are unique because we have very qualified men and women as well as youth who are ready to make a difference in this constituency”. He also asserted “our youth are unemployed. We need inputs and working capital for monies to rehabilitate and sustain our farms”.
Henry also put the spotlight on the other issues affecting the constituency such as farming and water supply. “We are unique because we have very fertile land, very good access to water and irrigation. We are unique because we have very skilled farmers who are ready to contribute to development of farming in this community. Yet we are severely challenged in this constituency. The water quality is killing us…We are yet to own the lands on which we have built our homes.
We are yet to get ownership of the farm lands we were promised.” Henry reminded the Minister of Youth Development and Sports Shawn Edwards, that the people of Dennery North have not forgotten the promises for youth development. Edwards has failed in his duty to the young people. He has failed to ensure that our youth have money in their pockets or avenues to better themselves.
The United Workers Party believes that with a change in taxation policy, the advent of new technology, markets, institutions and regulations, a new economic future for St. Lucia is assured.