SECURITY ASSURANCE NEEDS TO BE EMPHASIZED

Security, security threats, Guyana Security, security systems

What would have been far more comforting than the statistics released by the Guyana Police Force to convey the state of the nation’s crime health and number of police who have had overseas training to combat crime would have been a public unveiling  of how the Ministry of Public Security intends to keep people safe during the upcoming celebrations.

It would, actually, be reassuring to see the Minister Ramjattan, not only address local Guyanese who will be celebrating this significant milestone, but, specifically, address the Diaspora which will be the larger contributor to expected revenues over the period of celebration.

That Guyana has become a state with disproportionate violent robbery per capita is a reluctant acceptance and has been a deterrent to many potential Diaspora vacationers in years past. So, in anticipation of thousands of visitors in the coming weeks, it would be more like standard protocol to see the Joint Heads of Team Dragnet which has had commendable success in reducing the occurrence of violent crimes since its inception, detail to would be celebrants the number of security personnel who will be in uniform or otherwise interspersed with crowds to thwart any attempts to rob or otherwise discomfit Guyana’s guests.

It would be good to know that a sizable contingent of Dragnet Forces will be on constant patrol throughout the areas that would be prone to the invasive type robberies that are not uncommon in Guyana. And that would include hotels, event venues and all other locations that may attract a heavy tourist population.

And since this will be a part of Tourism, the protocol extends to that Ministry to share the responsibility of assuring visitors of the efforts to ensure their protection. It would be reassuring for the Minister of Tourism to help assuage visitor trepidation by sharing with potential visitors what plans are being implemented to protect both local and foreign visitors to events that will bring revenue to the Ministry.

We understand that Tourism’s security plans will be a sub set of the general security of Dragnet but it is protocol for all of the agencies involved in the efforts to show how their specific entity will be coordinating safety. So, it would add to comfort to hear the Minister of Tourism say that they are implementing additional measures to ensure citizens and visitor safety during the Jubilee celebration.

The Guyana Police Force should be commended for the swift apprehension of the Casino Five who robbed the Ramada Princess Casino on April 29th 2016. Though the robbers have been apprehended, it is critical to note that they have not been deterred by Operation Dragnet hich has been credited with the deescalation of these types of crimes and that the holdup/heist type operation was executed right before the country receives, potentially, its largest visitor influx.

Minister Ramjattan had said that Jubilee security is a priority and revealed that international agencies like Interpol, Drug Enforcement Agency and that England, America and Canada had offered assistance during the period of heavy visitor convergence. He also called on policing groups in communities to be of assistance, as well.

We know the international agencies will be confined to international nuisances like narcotics, arms transportation and trafficking in persons. What we know, too, is that policing groups in communities have never been capable of containing  community crime so calling on them now seems slightly incongruous.

Visitors have already begun their trek to Guyana and the venues that will host tourists and citizens during the Jubilee celebrations are well known.

Now would be a good time for a loop of statements to start streaming from the Ministries of Tourism, Public Safety and from the Office of the President, committing steadfastly to the maintenance of public security and safety of local and foreign nationals during this period of celebration.

The very countries that have offered to assist with tourist volume during the next few weeks have issued warnings to their citizens headed for Guyana to be wary of crime.

Public announcements from the Office of the Presidency  and Ministries Public Security and Tourism may help to quell many fears resulting from negative travel advisories from the countries that have become home to most of the Diaspora.

 

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/guyana

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/guyana

 

1 Comment on "SECURITY ASSURANCE NEEDS TO BE EMPHASIZED"

  1. Jinnah Rahman | May 8, 2016 at 7:10 AM | Reply

    Cummingsburg Accord – A Recipe for disaster!
    The chaos that we now see in the Coalition government is largely as a result of the lack of performance of AFC Ministers and their appointed party hacks – who are totally incompetent and useless to the people of Guyana.

    Anyone who study closely the contributions of AFC Ministers, Prime Minister and their personnels – will conclude that they have brought utter chaos and disaster to the First coalition government, after the “colonial fix ” (PNC-UF) by the British to get rid of Stalinist Jagan and the PPP.

    Apart from the mishandling of the crime situation – by the designated Minister – there is the recent case where Moses Nagamootoo, in his capacity as Acting President, at the time, desperately tried to take over the United Trade Union March on May Day. This Writer was a witness to this act of petty dictatorship and shamelessness !

    I have never seen such a level of stupidity by a person who was – at the time – acting as the President of Guyana, following the departure of the David Granger. This display of arrogrance is enough to tell the Guyanese people about the type of party (AFC) and leadership we are dealing with.

    The Unity achieved on May Day between the two Trade Union blocks – Guyana Trade Union Congress ((TUC) and FITUG (Federation of Independent Trade Union of Guyana), began 7 years ago between the officials of GAWU and officials of the TUC. The discussion was initiated by this writer when he invited the veteran PPP and GAWU educationalist – Navin Chanderpaul, and Norris Witter, who was at the time Acting General Secretary of the TUC for talks with hope of uniting the workers of Guyana.
    Nagamootoo and his cohorts had no interest in the unity of the working class in Guyana. He played no role in any mass movement in Guyana. He has always been a rank opportunist.

    The APNU must break out of the shackles – the so-called “Cummingsburg Accord” and place competent people to run these important Ministerial post. No longer must we allow these “power hunger” lunatics to bind us to a useless piece of document that is likely to spell huge disaster for our country.

    AFC ministers have been looking to make a “quick buck” since they are convinced this will be their last chance in government. One Minister has made it clear when he told friends: “I want to make as much as I can and run”.

    In agriculture, we have had the biggest failure in the history of the country. The appointment of Noel Holder – who admitted that he knows nothing about the rice industry and sugar – has appointed officials on the Rice Board who are equally bankrupt of ideas and incapable of carrying out the Manifesto Promises on the rice industry. This is all the doing of the AFC – since they have been given the Ministry of Agriculture – for political reasons – under the Cummingsburg Accord.

    Tourism under Cathy Hughes has not done better. She has failed miserably to do the very basics. The Road signs in and around the city are not visible, road are bad, many streets that are not properly lit up at nights. Public places, bars, restaurants are unhygenic, unsafe and many of them do not meet the required standard – as set out in Law.

    Those of us who made the ultimate sacrifices to place the Coalition in power – now demand high standards all around, open and regular consultation and accountability from all elected and appointed officials of this government. We cannot go back to the Jagdeo- PPP to better things. The PPP has brought Guyana to its knees!
    The Guyanese people – here and abroad – deserve better goverance. Our President who campaigned for a better life for all Guyanese must act swiftly against all defaulters of our Manifesto Commitment, before it is too late.

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