LETTER: Hello Michael my Old Friend, I’ve Come to Talk With You Again

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Joseph

Mr. Chairman,

Garbage in my community was not collected before the Easter weekend. And still, this week, no collection. What is going on? Are we back to no collection, no word, no news?

I know some will say people like me are a bother because we actually expect public services to run smoothly.

But I refuse to be dragged down by those whose standards are so low, that they agree to place the minimal expectations on our public sector.

What is going on with garbage collection?

At every turn, the commentary I hear is that the system at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is broken.

Whether it’s the PM openly admitting to over-contracting, or contractors not living up to  expectations, or contractors going unpaid for so long that they either refuse to work, or they have gone out of business due to the unfortunate circumstance of having the government as a client – regardless, it’s always something.

Mr. Chairman, from many accounts, you are a capable leader. Your professional and civic track record demonstrates that.

But I doubt that this administration has given you the room and freedom to put right what needs to be righted at the NSWMA.

That’s what they do.

They put capable people like you out in front to appease the public, but when you tell them what needs to be done, they shy away from reform and accountability. Then they make you wallow in the rotten system so long that you no longer care.

How long before you no longer care? How long before you start using political rhetoric to defend the indefensible?

The last chairman was a big labour party stalwart, and a solid solid solid waste in the position. No one can tell me differently. You know it. I know it.

You have to know it, from how you met things when you got there. But yall would never call a spade and spade. They are going to make a solid waste of you if you stay there long enough.

They will promise to back you up with resources while you make endless promises to the public about improvements to come, but they will leave you high and dry, and all the while your credibility in the minds of many will evaporate.

Anyway, I myself don’t expect much in terms of accountability, efficiency and ethical habits in the public sector under this government. I just want the garbage picked up.

I shouldn’t have to beg. But since this country wants me to live in filth, without dignity, I might as well toss my pride to the wind.

So, I am begging, please collect the garbage. What do you want? What do I need to do?

Your party is rotten. Their philosophy is rotten. The way they run the public sector is worse than rotten. I still have some hope for you though. I’m starting to lose it.

by- Ernest J. Farfingbottom 

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