A former General Manager of Radio St Lucia has accused the government of “putting profits over people” in its decision to shut down the radio station and a number of other state-owned entities.
Winston Springer made the statement at a news conference Wednesday at the St Lucia Labour Party Headquarters on Jeremie Street, Castries.
He said the Allen Chastanet administration was acting without consideration to the immediate effects the closures would have on families and the unemployment situation.
He said it was a “colossal mistake” putting the blame on “one man’s financial privileged position.”
Mr. Springer said the government, by its actions, appeared to be going along with a recommendation from the Caribbean Development Bank.
However, he pointed to a number of other Caribbean countries that have rejected those same recommendations to shut down state agencies.
“Why have the government of St Lucia chosen to go down this path when virtually all other governments have rejected similar advice from both the CDB and those who have signed on to the IMF structural adjustment programs?” Springer asked.
He added that Radio St Lucia has continually had its operations saddled by political interference, with employees who fail to tow the political line being unable to practice their professions freely.