If outspoken Government minister Donville Inniss could change one thing about Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s style of leadership, it would be his lack of engagement with the people.
“I have said it quietly sometimes and not so quietly on other occasions that I would wish the Prime Minister would be more engaged with the country. Stuart has his style, but I would like him to adopt a style that is more engaging at the national level,” Inniss told party supporters during the monthly meeting of his constituency branch at the branch’s headquarters at West Terrace, St James, adding, “It is not Stuart alone. It is the rest of my Cabinet colleagues that ought to be more engaging with the country.
“If we do not do that the rest of the public sector will start to feel that they must withdraw and keep quiet on matters as well.”
Inniss contended that if communication with the country was neglected, a vacuum would emerge.
“Strategic interventions must be made. It does not mean that you must jump at every opportunity to speak to the press. There are those who say that I talk too much, but it may mean that others talk too little, so that I may be heard a little bit more,” Inniss explained.
Inniss contended that when people were entrusted with a management position or leadership position there ought to be no doubt as to where they stand on the issues.
“I am Minister responsible for Commerce and Small Business Development so I must be able to have a periodic conversation with the country about policies in these particular sectors.
“We have laid out the strategic plan for the International Business Sector in the House of Assembly and we are in the final stages of laying in Parliament the strategic plan for the micro, small and medium sized enterprises sector. There are things that I must put out there as minister and speak to them. I encourage my colleagues to do likewise in their ministries. Let nobody have any doubt as to where you stand on matters,” he stressed.