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A society of moaners

Dear Editor,

In his report to the nation on Monday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis outlined a litany of initiatives his government has/is taking to make the country safer and enhance educational opportunities.

Can we not give the government credit where it is deserving and reserve criticism for the same, for example, the passport office nightmare?

Isn’t the following welcome, even if it has been foreshadowed?

• The upcoming installation of 507 more closed circuit TV cameras in trouble areas in New Providence;

• New drone technology and law enforcement bases around our southern border;

• Contract for 100 shot spotters for New Providence;

• A 25 percent drop in murder in 2018 over 2017;

• An 18 percent decrease in armed robberies;

• 1,213 law enforcement officers retrained;

• 130 new police recruits in NP and GB;

• 90 new vehicles;

• 124 prison inmates graduated from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI);

• New rehab dorm and kitchen at the prison;

• Upcoming free University of The Bahamas tuition for qualifying students;

• 700 students enrolled in a universal pre-primary initiative (Bahamas Early Start Project);

• Revision of national pre-school curriculum;

• Pilot tablet program for pre-schoolers;

• 2020 smart school upgrade;

• 12,000 new digital devices for schools;

• Early childhood development training for teachers and caregivers;

• $2.6 million in Be Your Own Boss scholarships to BTVI;

• A lower primary school literary push;

• Distance education boost.

The government hasn’t been in office for two years. Sure it’s screwed up big time on several issues and must always be held accountable. But let’s give credit where credit is due and stop this incessant complaining. We have become a society of moaners.

 

– Athena Damianos

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