Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Michael South, Kirk Humphrey, today said he has been getting a clearer picture of the challenges being faced by members of his constituency, in the two months since he was nominated.
Barbados TODAY caught up with Humphrey at the Bonnett’s Resource Centre in Brittons Hill, at a ceremony for children who are transitioning to secondary school.
“People are concerned about unemployment; they are concerned about housing and they are also concerned about the increasing level of violence among a few people.
“They are also concerned about the promises that were made by the Freundel Stuart administration but were never fulfilled and jobs that were given but were taken back quickly after they were given,” he said.
He added that he has met several young constituents who said they were forced to withdraw from studies at the UWI Cave Hill campus because they could not afford to pay tuition fees, while other residents disclosed they are unable to buy food for their families.
Addressing the issue of the ‘boys on the block’ and gun violence, Humphrey told his youthful audience that he will soon be launching a programme aimed at integrating this segment of the constituency.
He pointed out that the young men are frustrated and angry, and while some can be assisted, there are others who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Meanwhile in her feature address retired Chief Education Officer, Dr Wendy Griffith- Watson, impressed upon the young students the need to take up reading as a hobby.
She told the students who are about to enter secondary school that they will be asked to do many more subjects and reading would be of critical importance if they expect to do well.
She also sought to impress upon the students the need to apply themselves to their work at school if they hoped to acquire marketable skills. (NC)