Mr Granger failed to focus on human development

first_imgDear Editor,We need big structural changes in Guyana that create new value and we need a grassroots movement to get it done. This is what Team Granger does not understand – they are economically destructive rather than value creative. What Team Granger did to the sugar belt was a failure to do three vital things: improve operations; effectively tap the potential value of the human beings in the industry, and finally, unleash the potential of the assets.The sugar industry in Guyana is a “country within a country” and cannot be treated as if it is some standalone company. So when the bean counters rush forward using the cash flows as a means to analyse an outcome, it highlighted clearly how they have missed the entire point. Financial feasibility is not the same as economic feasibility. Mr Bharrat Jagdeo seems to be one of the few that get it; Guysuco is not financially profitable in local currency but is economically viable from a human development perspective and a key source of foreign exchange inflows into the Central Bank. This and only this is the crux of the matter.There is more to GuySuCo than quantitative metrics. There is a bigger economic issue as to what GuySuCo does for rural Demerara and rural Berbice. Regional areas like the East Coast of Demerara and Corentyne were devastated after Mr Granger and his team closed four (4) sugar estates in a most uncompassionate manner.The facts will show that the West Bank of Demerara went into an economic tailspin and is now a social and economic mess, so much so that places like Wales and Patentia are depressed communities these days when they once were thriving economic hubs where people lived in dignity and had jobs. Jobs matter!What Mr Granger failed to do was to focus on human development. Rather, he fell for the trap set by his bean counters and got mesmerised by the cash flows, clearly unaware of the fact that cash in fungible when it comes to running a nation. Mr Granger clearly is not someone who understands the big picture of human empowerment and how it is tied to national development.What was done on the sugar belt was the following:Team Granger failed to treat the fired employees with dignity, fairness, and respect. Today there are massive levels of human mental illness across these former estates, which culminate in the expansion of social ills, poverty, and human inefficiency. Many of these people have lost their purpose in life and are struggling to reinvent themselves.So if Dr Ali and the PPP/C can immediately re-open two (2) of the factories it will add value immediately to the nation, unlike the wasted resources lost on the failed billion-dollar projects like the D’Urban Park Parade Ground and the two (2) GDF aircraft that remain unserviceable.Guyana has failed to honour its commitment to the sugar workers who kept the country economically alive during the turbulent 1970s and 1980s. No one is reflecting on the sugar levy that was drained from the workers to feed the nation. That is why the comments from Mr Robert Badal is uninformed and disappointing. Mr Badal is happy to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in tax holidays for his personal business but is unprepared to offer the same sort of comparable and equitable financial benefits to thousands of ordinary sugar workers.Until Mr Badal can put himself in the shoes of the fired sugar workers, he has placed himself in the unenviable position of being unfit to speak of their plight of the sugar industry. The manner in which this sugar industry was closed lost more value for the nation than it gained and this is reflected in the head office cost, which moved from 20 per cent of the operating cost before the closures to approximately 35 per cent today. That is not progress, Mr Badal.In the final analysis, Dr Mohammed Irfan Ali and the PPP/C have placed their focus on human development. The focus of the PPP/C and Dr Ali, as I am reading in the “summary version” of their manifesto, is to ensure that the tangible and intangible assets of the industry can be best leveraged.As a turnaround specialist who did this for a living as a former banker in the UK, the loss of value created by the decisions from Team Granger may never ever be recovered but re-opening at least Enmore and Rose Hall on Day One of the PPP/C taking office will roll back some of the lost value and half of a bread is certainly better than no bread at all.Think about this. Can some of the Wales Estate sugar workers be relocated to Canje to power the Rose Hall factory?Sincerely,Sase Singhlast_img read more

Jesus could make early City return in League Cup final

first_imgBrazil international Jesus has not featured for the Premier League leaders since he suffered a knee ligament injury against Crystal Palace on December 31.However, he has returned to training and Guardiola, chasing his first silverware for the club, revealed the 20-year-old is in contention to face the Gunners at Wembley.“We’ll see on Saturday. It is the third training session for Gabriel and every day is better,” said the City boss, who saw his side’s quadruple dreams ended by an FA Cup fifth-round defeat at the hands of League One Wigan earlier this week.“He’s so important. When people say about four titles, you have to be everything going well, when your full-back is injured six months, it’s more difficult, without Gabriel it’s so difficult.“Sergio Aguero has been incredible, but sometimes you need to be fresh. At Wigan we could have played two up front in the last minutes if Gabriel had been on the bench — now we have that chance with Gabriel.”England forward Sterling, who is struggling with a muscle injury, will be assessed ahead of the match.– Bravo in goal –Guardiola also confirmed that he will stick with Claudio Bravo in goal for the final, having used the Chilean in the competition ahead of first-choice goalkeeper Ederson.“The fans have an opinion but I’m the manager,” Guardiola said. “You put all the fans in front of me and everyone has their opinion but we are here for the club.“Against Wolves he had three one-on-ones, saved three penalties, he deserves to play in the final and he’s going to play.“The locker room is important in the final and without him we would not be here. He’s going to play.”Guardiola dismissed suggestions that victory over Arsenal could usher in an era of dominance for City similar to the period he enjoyed at Barcelona.“Not even in Barcelona when we won the first title in the cup did I expect to win 14 titles in four years,” said Guardiola. “I’m more pragmatic.“I think in football it’s a big mistake to think what might happen in the next three years. It’s a big mistake for our heads, our targets, it makes no sense.“When people asked in the beginning, about winning four titles (this season), I said of course we’ll try, but the big teams have not been able to do that — the big Liverpools, the big Uniteds, the big Arsenals, the big Chelseas.Claudio Bravo, who saved the final penalty in a shootout against Leicester, will be in goal for Manchester City in the League Cup final © AFP/File / PAUL ELLIS“So why should I think we can do it? We have a final and we try to do what we have done.“Then after, in the Premier League, we have six games to be champions in the most prestigious tournament in this country. Then we’ll see next year. Then at the end of our time together we will see what we have done.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 23 – Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could make a shock return for Sunday’s League Cup final against Arsenal but Pep Guardiola has doubts over Raheem Sterling’s fitness for the Wembley showpiece. 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus could be back on the field for the English League Cup final © AFP / Oli SCARFFlast_img read more

Rooney makes a point to Man United boss Van Gaal with stunning goal

first_imgHe may have endured another below-par World Cup, but it looks like Manchester United star Wayne Rooney is raring to go ahead of the forthcoming Premier League season with a fine pre-season performance against Roma.The arrival of Louis van Gaal as United boss looks to have put the England man in the shadows, with many expecting him to be overlooked for captaincy, but Rooney certainly made a point by scoring a stunning effort, scoring another and providing a sumptuous assist for Juan Mata as United beat their Italian opposition 3-2 in Denver.Check out Rooney’s goal above and full highlights of the match below.Man United fans, do you think Rooney should be considered for captaincy? Comment below…last_img