I read last night that Grenada discovered natural gas. So that means they will be rising economically and the citizens will have more wealth at their hands if the politicians do not create a scandalous investment to benefit themselves.
Guyana has discovered offshore oil and they appear to take the top from Trinidad in oil exportation even though they can be robbed by foreign investors. The competitive Guyana dollar alongside the ECC and that of Barbados will have many Caribbean people flocking to Guyana looking for employment. The Government has to manage the money with a tight fist and avoid a downward spiral. My BIG question is where they will refine the oil if there is not a refinery there of plans to have one built. It will mean that the oil will be shipped to another country and that is how the swamp will be drained. There must be cautioned that they do not attempt to tap into the Venezuela oil basin and drain it under the guise of extracting oil from Guyana geographical area. It is cheap labour to enrich the pockets of the wealthy.
Meantime, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is competing with Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados for the number one spot in CRIMES. As far back in the days of the “Black Power” movement, the government was accused of not being able to handle the crime situation. Cato blamed Joshua, and when Cato took the reigns of power Joshua blamed him. Mitchell blamed the Labour Party and Ralph blamed Mitchell. Those days under Cato and Joshua the murder rate was like .5% of crimes. Today the NDP is blaming the ULP for the state of affairs and the rise in murders from 3 per year to a whopping 35 and the year is still young.
What will happen in 2018 when investors began to spend their money to expand the business to improve the economy? What will happen if new elections are called? That will be a problem for Law Enforcement. My suggestion is to STOP the blame and come together as a nation and try to solve our problems. We can no longer let politics blind the minds of this young generation that has already destroyed a fraction and overcrowding the prison system. Many people are talking but offering little or no solution. On the contrary, whatever solutions offered have fallen on deaf ears.
The voice of the people can sway a government, and if politics are placed on the side the people can rally together and make a difference. However, I think the people need to return to their knees and talk to God and ask for His intervention. This is not the time to ask for a “king”. This is time to seek the face of God and ask for guidance. With all the problems in St.Vincent and the Grenadines, the church is silent. Time to wake up out of your drowsy sleep and return to the altar and pray.
I close with these words:
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Sir Godfrey Gregg