Fighting Corruption at the Port Authority and Grantley Adams Airport

Several times this blogmaster has listened to Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith share with the public his perspective that corruption at our ports of entry is a big reason illegal guns enter the island. Every time Griffith makes the statement, trade unionists feel compelled to defend the public workers fingered.  Griffith has been targeted in his criticism by naming the Bridgetown Port and Grantley Adams Airport.

It boggles the mind why Customs Officers and the Police appear not to have a close working relationship given a common national security mandate. To quote Commissioner Griffith :-

The reality is that where there is corruption, there will always be problems. And so, if the system is corrupt, then we are not going to get the information and support. You have to work together to break the back of those crimes. And so, even though the intelligence says that, you are not going to get that tip that breaks it…There is corruption. There must be some form…there must be corruption if you are going to have the number of firearms that are coming onto our shores illegally…then there has to be corruption

One has to give credit to Commissioner Griffith that his public criticism is based on credible  intelligence. After all, it is what he does. There comes a point when country must come first and those in charge must demonstrate the leadership required to get the job done.

Against the foregoing a recent court martial case against David Harewood of the Barbados Coast Guard amplified the concern shared by Commissioner Griffith.  Without rehashing the transcript of cellphone conversations between Harewood, a senior Coast Guard official had with some unsavoury characters- this blogmaster is satisfied those responsible for guarding national security interest have been compromised.

The BU household has been cautioning Barbados authorities for many years we are in a bad place and must change the way we have been managing our affairs. The same lack of leadership that has seen the growth of a sub culture in the transportation sector has propagated to every facet how we do business on the island.

The World Bank chronicled the “corrosive” impact corruption has on the ability to exercise good governance.

Most importantly, corruption breaks the trust between the citizens and the state that is critical for development to work. We know bad governance is one of the four major drivers of poverty, alongside conflict and violence; unchecked population growth; and the effects of climate change and natural disasters – Fighting corruption: the importance is crystal clear

The government and much of civil society seem to be consumed with confronting the unprecedented economic challenges of the times. We should not lose sight of the fact that a society is more than an economy.

The country waits on the operationalizing of anti corruption and freedom of information legislation promised top the electorate 50 years ago by a Tom Adams government.

 

 

107 comments

  • fortyacresandamule

    @John A. We should even go for a mansion tax. A Jamaica family member of mine told me of a scenario where former PM Bruce Golding and his administration did a tax audit on the top weathy Jamaicans. They were shocked to see how little taxes they paid. Even the famously large hotel mogul paid next to nothing.

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  • @ forty

    The last measures have hit the poor hard for sure. Think about it the bus fares went up over 50% alone.

    Many try to dismiss it as a small increase dollar wise, but how would you feel if your car loan increased 50 % overnight?

    Yes challenges on every corner for sure.

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  • @SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife June 12, 2019 6:17 PM
    “If there were no Bajan men willing to buy risky sex from strange Jamaican and Guyanese women there would be no Jamaican or Guyanese prostitutes on Jemmott’s Lane.

    The Bajan men should go home and get free clean sex from their Bajan wives, but they need to use condoms until such time as they test negative for all sexually transmitted diseases.

    If the Bajan men don’t have wives, then they should find themselves one each.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    WTF we are hearing from this raving man hater!

    How about if the Bajan women -especially the70% graduating from the UWI- don’t have husbands then they should find themselves one each instead of sharing male lovers own by other women?

    There is an oversupply of “risky sex from strange Jamaican and Guyanese women” because women including Bajan women like to work for quick easy money.

    Was Rachel Pringle an imported Jamaican or Guyanese sex merchant?
    Who were the female workers at Harry’s Nitery? St Lucian exotic girls or Bajan lasses from the Bay land?

    Given the economic hard times about to descend on Bajans the women will soon find themselves behaving just like the so-called strange Jamaican and Guyanese women. That is, selling their ‘cats’ to ‘strange men with hot leaky doggies’.

    BTW, most Bajan johns of the same “strange Jamaican and Guyanese women” are themselves married and who do not get any “free clean sex from their Bajan wives”.

    But before you cuss the miller, there is a john called “whitehill” ahead in the queue.

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  • Again for next to the last time, the same crooks are on the job and now backed up more by a Crime Minister looking to sell whatever whoever to feed the new PONZI , The World is waking up , unlike many undercover crooks on BU, When the Bell ring or their Bell get rung We all shall see Our Words on All the Crooks , Liars and Scumbags in the Entire Barbados government, Nothing stand one way forever , Time is Up,

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  • “But before you cuss the miller, there is a john called “whitehill” ahead in the queue.”

    Miller…you love trouble..

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Hal at 12:48 on June 12.

    You are a journalist, you should know that it is impossible to use moral and ethical and political in the same sentence.

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