Minister cites over dependence on government for jobs

Minister cites over dependence on government for jobs

Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph has said the people are overly dependent on the government for jobs.

The minister made the remarks on Monday while pointing out to reporters that there is also an over emphasis on the Constituency Development Programme (CDP).

“We are causing people to be overly dependent on government for jobs and that is what programmes like STEP and NICE and all of these – that is what they are doing,” Joseph said.

“I was having a discussion about the NICE programme and I said :’Why should I send a NICE worker to a private business establishment to work, pay them for that period of time and as soon as the programme ends these persons are dismissed?” The minister stated.

Joseph questioned why there was not an arrangement that if payment was made for someone to work for six months in an establishment, the establishment would be obligated to at least keep the person for another six months.

The minister declared that there was need to put basic common sense in some of the things that are being done.

“A lot of these people who were working in the private sector for the last four or five years, working for the people, you mean the NICE programme ended and none of these business places could have kept one of the workers?” He said.

On the matter of the CDP, Joseph said there is a perception that the programme can solve all the problems of the country in terms of employment and projects in communities.

Using his own Castries South East constituency as an example, Joseph noted that there are 33 major communities in the constituency.

“Even if you are to get a million dollars to spend in this constituency a year, how much can you impact these 33 communities?” Joseph remarked.

“I think that over the years we have overly focussed on drainage projects and walls and concrete roads – what you are doing is improving the living conditions or the environment of poor people, but you have not changed the status of these people in terms of themselves being able to improve their livelihood,” the minister observed.

He expressed the view that more of the funds need to be diverted into people development rather than infrastructure development.

“Now people are searching for little roads and foot paths and drainage and everybody wants a little job, but this little job only lasts two weeks – a month, and then what happens after that?” Joseph asked.

He asserted that more of the resources can be used to train and educate people as well as teach them a skill or help them to start a small business.

Joseph explained that in that way, jobs can be self-sustaining.

He warned that if the CDP continues in its current form, it will not deliver the expected returns in a general improvement of the livelihood of persons.

 

 

26 Comments

  1. wow
    April 25, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

    A couple of the NICE care givers, were kept by their employers after their dismissal as they worked very well. We kept one of ours to care for our Grandaunt as she went above and beyond what was expected of her, when caring for our grandfather. She even assisted us with funeral arrangements even after knowing of her fate with NICE.

    1. Anonymous
      April 26, 2017 at 6:34 pm Reply

      thats nice to hear. BUT WHY THE HELL WASNT YOUR FAMILY PAYING FOR THE CARGIVER IN THE FIRST PLACE. THATS THE POINT. PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE GOV’T WHEN YOU CAN AFFORD IT. just sad

      1. Anonymous
        April 30, 2017 at 12:32 am Reply

        So true! So many peoplw can afford to pay for the carw

  2. francine
    April 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Hear who’s talking.

    1. Anonymous
      April 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm Reply

      Be more specific. Any idiot could say that.

      1. marcoco
        April 25, 2017 at 2:32 pm Reply

        Apparently you are a ja, so don’t expect you to understand implied statements

  3. MONICA JOY
    April 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm Reply

    GOOD FOR THOSE EHO PUT YOU PEOPLE IN OFFICE.

  4. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Tell me wasn’t Guy Joseph a bus driver that is now dependent on government for a job? and he is not even qualified in any way shape or form for the job he has. talk about being dependent on the govt!

    1. Selah
      April 26, 2017 at 11:09 am Reply

      At least he should be admired in being able move up the ladder…this is what our ppl dont like when one moves up!! Mr. Minister well said. I’m out of a job and it’s my government in power but God is good I will persevere on job hunting till I succeed..we can’t expect to be spoon fed by government everytime everyday!! Wake up Lucians!! Smdh (Words deleted)

  5. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Excuse me, they said they would put ching ching in you all pockets, and now what?

  6. etwaroo
    April 25, 2017 at 4:06 pm Reply

    So because he was a one time Bus Driver he cannot exel himself.

    1. Anonymous
      April 26, 2017 at 6:42 pm Reply

      ITS NOT THEIR FAULT. oUR ANCESTORS WERE SLAVES, AND THEY STILL SEE THEMSELVES AS SUCH.

      THE GUY IS A MINISTER FOR OVER A DECADE, AND YOU STUCK ON WHERE HE WAS 10 YRS AGO. THEM THE PROBLEM IS OBVIOUS. WE ARE IN 2016 NOT 2001 AFTERALL.
      AND SO WHAT. THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER CANNOT BE A DOCTOR. FIGHTDOWN MENTALITY. PEOPLE WORK HARD FOR WHAT THEY HAVE AND WHERE THEY GET.

  7. Anonymous
    April 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply

    The man makes a lot of sense. What is wrong with you people?

  8. Vibz
    April 25, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply

    I am unafraid to criticize the government and its Ministers when they deserve it. Minister Joseph is right. Instead of government spending its scarce financial resources on cement and steel to employ people for a short time, it should spend most of the money to equip its citizens with employable skills and also invest in education. Why eviscerate the man for a good idea? The old adage is still relevant. “Give a man a fish you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish you feed him for life”.

    1. Selah
      April 26, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply

      Well said Vibz!! I applaud you. Blessed.

    2. Calvin
      April 27, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply

      Bravo!

  9. Shabin
    April 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm Reply

    Well said my district Rep

  10. chip
    April 26, 2017 at 8:48 am Reply

    I must say in all Guys latest statements, This one makes all the sense to me. Our people needs to be empowered not dependent. I must also say the they are quiet aware some UWP supportes will get affected by some decisons, THE SLP is only crying for their supporters only!!!!!, that why i agree it will not be UWP or SLP supporters to benifit but all St.Lucians so no one is tied to any party. Lets get t our people to have there own jusice making machine, tamrind balls, guava candies but well packaged and marketable.

    1. Anonymous
      April 29, 2017 at 11:10 pm Reply

      I so agree. This is the first time I’ve actually heard this Guy say something which makes sense. Is it really the same guy?

  11. Anonymous
    April 26, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply

    Saint Lucians are very lackadaisical they don’t want to work and this is why they love those one month projects .

    1. Chalton
      April 26, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply

      True that, Lucian’s will be wanting welfare soon because they are very lazy. And all the abandoned agricultural lands we have, is a very strong source of employment and billions of dollars waiting to be made. How long will Lucian’s continue on this path of of dependency on foreign injections, grants, government, handout and hand me downs, when the answer to our unemployment problems is already in our hands. AGRICULTURE.
      One day it will be to late for us as certain countries are looking to monopolizes AGRICULTURE through private agencies.
      Lets stop the begging now and start the process of being self sustained.

  12. As It Is
    April 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

    That kind of capacity building is what has been echoed for eons. What really is it that the general populace expect from their REP?
    It would be nice to see that government start the wheels rolling on diversification. Much is being catered for the tourism industry and not much for agriculture. What happened to BAM?

    @Chip
    Getting into the local stuff, marketing and selling is excellent but, we need to help each other by purchasing and consuming. We have to get out of the stigma days that all what comes from foreign is best.

    For e.g look at the brand SOLDANZA. They sell a variety of fried snacks which all of the ingredients can be found here.
    Why can t we push a line of product to encourage competition?

  13. Matthew Alexander
    April 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

    So this idea that has been around for God knows when and all of a sudden discovered by Guy Joseph? You people are either simply do not know Guy Joseph well or just too ashamed to call out the possible motives for this statement. This is another “fast one” similar to the audit at St. Jude, which could have been professionally done by the Government’s Audit Department if it was at all necessary.
    You all will see who gets the benefit of the Taiwanese funds under this new initiative. It will be 99% of his family and close friends; don’t forget his wify is now operating a consultancy.

  14. Anonymous
    April 29, 2017 at 2:17 pm Reply

    you too are in a Government job which you do not want to give up

  15. sharon terrell
    April 29, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Only in the caribbean islands people dependant on government to provide jobs for them.How about youll creating you’ll own jobs and you’ll will be progressive and everybody will eat not some times but all rhe times,government jobs is to construct the country fix the fixtures bridges roads etc,not to breast feed the people.its the people job to provide for themselves.The government not responsible for you’ll birth.Am pretty much sure that alot of you’ll have skills but yet either to lazy or non ambitious,confused and therefore suffer today.Its a Dog eat Dog world.Bravest and fiercest Dog get the first bone and all the bones.So the minister will have to take care of all 150,000,00 plus of the people no wonder they been broke for years trying to take care of us.My people every man and woman have a gift a talent something you love and you best at it,use that skill to eat and survive.PEACE,Survival time.

  16. anonymous
    April 29, 2017 at 4:20 pm Reply

    so money allocated in the budget for job creation is wrong then……guy u mad mad mad

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