Minister Osbourne Bodden, who’s responsible for the landfill, was quoted as saying he’s “confident” that “collaborative efforts” will result in “real solutions.”
The new waste management committee includes, count ’em, 16 members – including 13 public servants, one legislator and two purported “private sector representatives.”
A glaring omission from the committee is Environmental Health Director Roydell Carter.
He may be the boss of the dump, but he’s not a part of the group charged with fixing it (although his deputy director Maysson Sallam is).
The government assures us the committee will be “neutral and free from political involvement” because Minister Bodden himself is not a member.
Oh? Non-amnesiacs will recall that Mr. Bodden was elected on the campaign promise of “No Dump in Bodden Town.”
Does anyone really believe this so-called “neutral” committee would dare recommend a resuscitation of the “Dart deal” (with its $60 million value to the country) and the placement of a new waste management facility in Bodden Town?
In reality, the committee could hardly be more politically compromised, considering that it includes Minister Bodden’s councilor and fellow Bodden Town MLA Alva Suckoo, as well as two PPM candidates who were defeated in last year’s election, Woody DaCosta and Ray Farrington. Talk about recycling!
An effective panel doesn’t have to be large, nor should it. Social science research has established that the more people in a group, the less personal responsibility each individual feels.
What the country deserves is not another government committee of cronies. What it needs is a SWAT team of experts.