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Letter of the Day | We need your help, Mr Prime Minister

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:15 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness:

 

Good day, Mr Prime Minister. These are my questions to the Government of Jamaica. Please note, this is not a political ­action of any sort, just a normal Jamaican who is currently suffering from the mismanagement of Jamaica.

My questions:

1. How can we conserve what we don’t have (water)?

2. Why do we need trucks to supply water when we have pipes in our homes?

3. If not enough water is in the dam, where will the trucks get it to bring to our homes?

4. When the trucks bring the water, where will we store it?

5. If someone lives far from the main road, how will the truck reach them?

6. If they do have containers and bring them to the road and the trucks full them – for example, a drum – how will they bring the drum back to their house?

7. How often will these trucks visit?

8. Do you have running water in your pipes? We don’t!

9. If you don’t have running water in your pipes, how often does a truck come to your house?

10. How long does a drum of water last a family of four?

11. Why don’t we build more dams to meet the growing demand of the population?

12. For every housing development that the Government embarks on, why hasn’t the Government added additional water preparations for those new developments?

These are simple but serious questions that must be answered. In my view, the persons running the country lack vision and are somewhat incapable of managing the country, due to their mismanagement resulting from greed over the years.

MISGUIDED PRIORITIES

It’s always said that we don’t have the funds to do certain things that would greatly improve ­peoples’ lives; however, somehow we find it to do other things.

If the Government can’t find money to do what needs to be done for the people of the country, I can’t see how they can find money to hold parties and to build signs (not stating that signs are not important, but priorities are misguided).

Mr Prime Minister, please bear in mind that the people of Jamaica might not be united, but we are not fools, and one by one the reality of unity is becoming more paramount; just check the percentage of persons who didn’t vote in the last general election. The fact that most persons who can vote but didn’t vote could suggest that they are not interested due to the lack of ­confidence in either political party.

Mr Prime Minister, I am a normal Jamaican citizen who is trying to survive. I don’t expect everything to be fixed in one day, but I need the Government to do what it was put there to do, which is to help all Jamaicans have a better life while securing the future of the next generation.

SUFFERING JAMAICAN