Once again, I read with dismay about the farce the Government is perpetrating on residents of St. Joseph and the water shortage in that parish. How can a government do this to the people of Barbados?
When a minister can tell his people that in essence he can do nothing because he doesn’t make it rain, good Lord, where does his sense of humanity come from? He and the rest of the group in Bridgetown were elected to serve and protect their citizens and that involves solving problems. If he cannot do that, then he should resign.
When you have gone for months and years without potable water, the Government of Barbados is violating a basic human right. In 2010, the United Nations passed resolution 64/292 which makes access to quality drinking water a human right. It seems this government refuses to make that happen.
In many parts of the world, including a developed country like Canada, ground water is not readily available in many locales. There are no massive distribution systems like we find in cities and towns so cisterns are the alternative and water is trucked in on a schedule. To those dependent on these deliveries, they are as vital as heating oil in the middle of a Canadian winter.
It seems it is time for Mr. Stuart to fire this ineffective minister and get someone who can perform the feat of Alexander the Great in 333 BC and cut through this Gordian knot of inaction and resolution. Clearly, Dr Estwick must be living in 333 BC because he seems uninformed about modern technology that is available to the government to fix this problem.
In my work life, I always encouraged my teams to generate continuous improvement rather than wait for delayed perfection. In this situation, there are many, many ways to get potable water on a consistent basis without re-inventing the wheel.