The post office at Town Centre Mall: What’s next?
Kindly permit me to publicly solicit from the government some disclosure on the captioned subject matter.
Now that the government has finally achieved the task of relocating the post office to its temporary site at the Town Centre Mall, would the government now disclose, as a measure of good governance and proper planning, what are its plans for a permanent home for the country’s main post office, and what steps are being taken to achieve this by the end of the five-year lease.
We have been told that the lease is for a period of five years and the landlord was to outfit all infrastructure necessary to operate a post office.
If it is the honest intention of the government to relocate at the end of five years, a suitable and permanent site for a main post office ought to have been identified by now and a road map for its accomplishment put in motion.
Or will the government at the last minute, seek to convince the public that an extension of this lease is necessary or it is in the public interest to purchase the mall?
In the absence of a road map, one can reasonably conclude that the there is no intent on the part of the government to vacate at the end of the five years or anytime soon thereafter.
Given the public outcry over the government’s decision to lease this property, it cannot be the intention of the government to lease this facility indefinitely.
Given what we have been told that the landlord is to invest and the rent to be paid, it is reasonable to suspect that the landlord must be fully aware of or has been given sufficient comfort by the government that the post office isn’t going anywhere at the end of the five years or anytime soon thereafter.
If such turns out to be case, this would be a classic example of governing by deception to achieve a desired end.
– Claude Hanna