‘Lacking in leadership’

Errol Ennis

KINGSTON — A former state minister during the P.J. Patterson era has come out swinging against his party, which now forms the Government.

Errol Ennis, who served as junior agriculture minister as well as state minister in the finance ministry, has said the Portia Simpson Miller administration appears to be ill-prepared for governance, one year into its reign.

“The administration, in its performance to date, clearly demonstrates a lack of readiness and preparation for assuming the mantle of national leadership,” Ennis said in a letter to the editor.

Cabinet reshuffle

The former state minister, who served as member of parliament for West Portland for 18 years, has even suggested that a Cabinet reshuffle should take place.

Ennis said the current set of ministers, with the exception of Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell, Local Government Minister Noel Arscott, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites and Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, “have demonstrated little or no ability to effectively manage their portfolio responsibilities”.

Arguing that some ministers so far have been unable to develop and implement clear policy directions and issues pertinent to the public welfare, Ennis said “in many instances, internecine warfare is rife within most ministries and the political directorate seems incapable of addressing the problem”.

He added: “It is reported that some agencies during the last administration became outreaches of the JLP and were packed with many political activists with no regard for the efficient conduct of those agencies.”

Said Ennis: “One year after a new administration, this status quo is intact. This results in alarming inertias in these agencies due to incompatibility of political intent and administrative inertia.” (Gleaner)

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