INDEPENDENCE MESSAGE – Citizens Action Partnership

INDEPENDENCE MESSAGE BY  LEADER OF THE CITIZENS ACTION PARTNERSHIP (CAP)  WENDELL CALLENDER.

 

“We write our names in history’s page with expectations great, strict guardians of our heritage, firm craftsmen of our fate”.

 

If ever these words of the national anthem had such immense significance and evoked such overwhelming emotion in me it is now:

 

After fifty-one years these words have taken on even greater meaning.

 

I grew up in an era when sugar was king and cane fields dominated the landscape of Barbados. Gradually many of these verdant fields were replaced by concrete houses. The drift from sugar production to manufacturing, tourism and international business has resulted in a modernization of this country which has brought both gain and pain.

 

As countries of the world became more protective of their own interest and less accommodating to developing countries especially those which had asserted themselves under independent forms of government the meaning of the words of the anthem noted above have taken on a new dimension.

 

From as early as 2004 former Prime Minister Owen Arthur had recognized these challenges which we now confront. He noted then that the Barbadian economy had to be put permanently in reform mode in view of the new risks and uncertainties which arose in the regional, hemispheric and global economy. Unfortunately, that challenge has not been engaged with the kind of vigour and dedication which the new economic environment demands.

 

In essence as we move into our fifty-second year of Independence we have to protect our heritage, a heritage of which we are duly proud. Accordingly, the partners of CAP have committed to core values which include regard for religious principles and values on which this country has been built; respect for all people; strong nation building; and fostering a spirit of cooperation. We are on a mission to persuade all Barbadians to cherish these values and protect the heritage of this great country. We have come a long way since Independence but we have other mountains to climb while we protect our heritage.

 

We appeal to all Barbadians to embark on a crusade of crafting a Barbados which can respond to the challenges of modern-day economies! We urge every citizen to protect our society from the threats of sub-cultural behaviour which has the potential to impact negatively on the wholesome preservation of this beautiful island.

 

As we craft the Barbados of the future we should commit to inspiring our young people to acquiring and honing skills which can make Barbados and its services more marketable in the modern world. We have to take a greater chance on them as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavours. We have to engage in greater collaboration with families, churches and schools to ensure that positive activities and values be the hallmark of this country.

Our communities should be hubs of good will, enchanting fellowship, and excellent display of sporting, cultural and entrepreneurial skills. CAP savours the opportunity to help rebuild many of our communities to their former glory. We vow to implement initiatives to ensure that this objective becomes a reality.

 

I am confident that we can surmount the economic and social challenges which confront us. All of us have a positive role to play. No longer should a few persons contend that they have a God-given right to exercise power and influence over others without any regard for valuable contributions of others which are essential to make Barbados more sustainable in this competitive world of changing values.

 

“The Lord has been the people’s guide for past three hundred years. With him still at the people’s side we have no doubts or fears.”

 

We believe in a divine being. We know that with divine direction we can make it! We are confident that Citizens Action Partnership can play a key role in shaping the future of this country so that Barbados can shine, shine like a diamond as Rihanna sings in her song. Together with others we can take Barbados forward as one. We have no doubts or fears!

 

As our national anthem concludes:

“Upwards and onwards we shall go inspired, exulting, free and greater will our nation grow in strength and unity”

 

May Independence take on even greater meaning to us all!

 

“We write our names in history’s page with expectations great, strict guardians of our heritage, firm craftsmen of our fate”.

 

If ever these words of the national anthem had such immense significance and evoked such overwhelming emotion in me it is now:

 

After fifty-one years these words have taken on even greater meaning.

 

I grew up in an era when sugar was king and cane fields dominated the landscape of Barbados. Gradually many of these verdant fields were replaced by concrete houses. The drift from sugar production to manufacturing, tourism and international business has resulted in a modernization of this country which has brought both gain and pain.

 

As countries of the world became more protective of their own interest and less accommodating to developing countries especially those which had asserted themselves under independent forms of government the meaning of the words of the anthem noted above have taken on a new dimension.

 

From as early as 2004 former Prime Minister Owen Arthur had recognized these challenges which we now confront. He noted then that the Barbadian economy had to be put permanently in reform mode in view of the new risks and uncertainties which arose in the regional, hemispheric and global economy. Unfortunately, that challenge has not been engaged with the kind of vigour and dedication which the new economic environment demands.

 

In essence as we move into our fifty-second year of Independence we have to protect our heritage, a heritage of which we are duly proud. Accordingly, the partners of CAP have committed to core values which include regard for religious principles and values on which this country has been built; respect for all people; strong nation building; and fostering a spirit of cooperation. We are on a mission to persuade all Barbadians to cherish these values and protect the heritage of this great country. We have come a long way since Independence but we have other mountains to climb while we protect our heritage.

 

We appeal to all Barbadians to embark on a crusade of crafting a Barbados which can respond to the challenges of modern-day economies! We urge every citizen to protect our society from the threats of sub-cultural behaviour which has the potential to impact negatively on the wholesome preservation of this beautiful island.

 

As we craft the Barbados of the future we should commit to inspiring our young people to acquiring and honing skills which can make Barbados and its services more marketable in the modern world. We have to take a greater chance on them as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavours. We have to engage in greater collaboration with families, churches and schools to ensure that positive activities and values be the hallmark of this country.

Our communities should be hubs of good will, enchanting fellowship, and excellent display of sporting, cultural and entrepreneurial skills. CAP savours the opportunity to help rebuild many of our communities to their former glory. We vow to implement initiatives to ensure that this objective becomes a reality.

 

I am confident that we can surmount the economic and social challenges which confront us. All of us have a positive role to play. No longer should a few persons contend that they have a God-given right to exercise power and influence over others without any regard for valuable contributions of others which are essential to make Barbados more sustainable in this competitive world of changing values.

 

“The Lord has been the people’s guide for past three hundred years. With him still at the people’s side we have no doubts or fears.”

 

We believe in a divine being. We know that with divine direction we can make it! We are confident that Citizens Action Partnership can play a key role in shaping the future of this country so that Barbados can shine, shine like a diamond as Rihanna sings in her song. Together with others we can take Barbados forward as one. We have no doubts or fears!

 

As our national anthem concludes:

“Upwards and onwards we shall go inspired, exulting, free and greater will our nation grow in strength and unity”

 

May Independence take on even greater meaning to us all!

3 Responses to INDEPENDENCE MESSAGE – Citizens Action Partnership

  1. luther thorne November 30, 2017 at 10:59 am

    OLIVE GREEN . Colours
    CAP following the same pattern as the rest. Look no different. Does not stand out. Pale comparison. Why should we believe that you will make a difference . When it happens that way you will not impress

    Reply
  2. Ossie Moore November 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Messages ! messages ! messages !

    Everyone today has a message and each message is like a person’s rear end . . . . . they all stink .

    Reply
  3. Rodney Callender November 30, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Ossie Moore you are speaking about your own rear end.

    Reply

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