“We accused NDC of promising pie in the sky. Well, they have delivered pie in the sky. [It is well with my soul!). Absolutely great Grenadian moment amidst the most amazing scenes. If you weren’t proud last night, you don’t have blood running through your veins.”
It is unbelievable that one of the well-known critics of the current Congress government of Dickon Mitchell would come out so publicly and commend the spectacle that was showcased on Wednesday by those who executed the programme that took place at the National Stadium in honour of the island’s 50th anniversary of Independence.
It is stunning that this will come from the pen of a “Journalist” and Political Activist who for many years worked against the interest of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the face of “big bucks” provided to him by the New National Party (NNP) of Keith Mitchell in several general elections.
The Congress leaders should be aware that in quick order this media practitioner will be up against them with his pen especially if his “man of business” former NDC General Secretary Peter David lands the top position of Political Leader of the New National Party (NNP) and moves to unseat the current incumbent in office.
However, THE NEW TODAY is in agreement with his sentiments that the Dickon Mitchell-led government delivered and executed a programme of events that will make every Grenadian on Planet Earth very proud of their little island in the global scheme of things.
It does not matter whether the budget allocated for this historic milestone was $5, $10 or $15 million because it was a people-centered event.
The government took the correct decision to stage almost 99% of the events free and open to the public with the exception of the Gala that was organised by the Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade to raise funds for the rebuilding of Government House.
Over the years, the frequent complaint is that “the dollar” is not being distributed equally and that only a certain segment of the population was benefitting from the governance of the previous rulers.
The NNP was deliberate in its spending of the nation’s purse as it sought to maintain its stranglehold on persons dubbed “the poor and vulnerable” as priority was given on only winning general elections and not putting together a serious and realistic development plan for Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique.
The National Organising Committee (NOC) for the Golden Jubilee should be recognised, commended and saluted for its work after getting the mandate from the Prime Minister.
The committee members were in sync with one of the deliberate policies of the government to promote not only in words but in tangible deliverables the work of the Creatives in the country who have benefitted in the past 19 months from duty-free concessions.
The Golden Jubilee served as another gentle reminder that Grenada is blessed and full of talented people in all spheres of life.
It is already being advocated in certain quarters that the theme song put together by this bunch of talented Grenadians for the Golden Jubilee is not just beautiful but is made of the stuff that should be considered for a Grammy award.
The government should also be commended for the manner in which it was able to get a wide array of our cultural artistes despite their political persuasion to come together and perform on the same platform for the Golden Jubilee.
The unveiling of the $50 Note as part of the historic occasion on Grenada’s 50th anniversary of Independence is also another first for the island among member territories within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).
It was fitting to put on it the faces of the two most charismatic Prime Ministers in the past 50 years of our independence and the two who have brought visionary leadership to the ship-of-state.
Outside of Eric Gairy and Maurice Bishop, no other person who served in the office of Prime Minister of the country has brought a single project that can be placed into the category of sustained economic and financial development for Grenada.
Gairy is associated with St George’s University (SGU) which is responsible for 25% of Grenada’s GDP and Bishop with the help of Cuba constructed the international airport at Point Salines to open up tremendous possibilities for the country.
Most of the other so-called developmental projects over the years especially within the past quarter century have cost the taxpayers dearly and not one of them can earn enough money to keep itself afloat plus the high cost of maintenance.
As Grenada moves into the next 50 years of its independence, those who have been entrusted to steer the ship of state must rise to the occasion and provide the population of 110, 000 with visionary leadership in going forward.
THE NEW TODAY is calling for a revisit of the ill-advised decision taken by a previous regime to dismantle the Grenada School of Nursing.
Grenada should re-open the School and use it as the nursery for turning out thousands of nurses to serve not only in the Caribbean but in the rest of the world.
The island needs to learn from the Cuban model of using their medical professionals to go abroad and earn vital foreign exchange for Havana.
The School of Nursing will also augment the plan by the Dickon Mitchell-led government to build a modern Teaching Hospital in the St George South-east constituency within the next 3 years.
Grenada needs to look more inwards in plotting the way forward because gone are the days when our people could look at going overseas to better their living conditions in places like Aruba, the Panama Canal, Venezuela, and even Trinidad & Tobago.