20 years’ time, this place will be a ghost town. The IMF’s Vision 2020
conjures illiterate poor people—some dying of HIV/Aids—squatting in
huge empty stadiums, empty trains clattering up and down the East-West
Corridor, a single flying blimp benignly watching the cut-throat survival
will be used as playgrounds for illiterate knife and gun-wielding
are even now joining the huge band of over 500,000 existing functionally
illiterates in our country.
businessmen would long have left.
are leaving in their thousands even now, when money is floating in oil.
investors will disappear entirely.
IMF has warned us. So has the UN. With our health and education in this
calamitous state, we have slid to the bottom of the development index.
2015, our oil wells will be dry. By 2025 there will be no natural gas
of saving, diversifying, planning for the drought ahead, we are blowing
our money on a spending spree that is either stupid or corrupt, or both.
adjustment when the money has run out, according to the IMF, will be
“sudden and massive.”
IMF has expressed concern that the plethora of new bodies set up to spend
this largesse (outside the ambit of Parliament and Central Government)
will facilitate corruption.
Government that got into office decrying the wildly overblown budget for
the airport funds is spectacularly outdoing their predecessors.
at what we throwing our money at now.
Keith Rowley recently announced that the Government should consider a
“light train transport” system for the East West Corridor at a
reported cost of $15 billion.
that the $15-billion railway would last 50 years, at the rate of $300
million a year, the Government could put 430 large, manned maxi taxis
running 24 hours a day on our roads. Free. See rough calculations below to
put one maxi taxi on the road.
of 24-seat maxi taxi
over two years) $200,000
of drivers for
hours per day $240,000
of natural gas $30,000
of maintenance, etc $100,000
for maxi owner $120,000
being condemned by every commentator, business organisation and even
religious groups, since no reasonable justification had been put forward,
Prime Minister Manning said the Tarouba Stadium was “necessary” as a
back-up in case Grenada was unable to host the cricket World Cup, because
of the damage it sustained in last year’s hurricane.
the Prime Minister forgotten that his cabinet colleague had already
promised to fund the refurbishment of Grenada’s stadium?
of the Tarouba Stadium: $850,000,000
of rebuilding Grenada stadium $138,000,000
we should help the Grenadians and save some $700 million. We spend less
than $200 million a year on health capital expenditure. Imagine what we
could do with $700 million?
hospitals to First World standards, with state of the art equipment, total
access to drugs, hospital beds for all.
for the cost of a blimp we could have 60 vehicles, properly manned, on a
24-hour basis at intersections at hot spots (Belmont, Laventille, East
Port-of-Spain) and save so many mothers tears, or establish Comp
stat—the computer system set up by the former Commissioner of Police in
New York Bernard Kerick, under which homicides dwindled rapidly. Then
there is the port which will be upgraded for $400 million and then knocked
down and built again for two billion, and so much more. Spend, spend,
spend. Like there’s no tomorrow.
there won’t be a tomorrow. Vision 2020. White elephants in an eerie
of Blimp rental: $35,000,000
of seven officers
to man the vehicle) $420,000
of vehicle rental
of insurance, service, etc) $84,000
of gas $36,500
of equipment $35,000