Minister defends The New IMANI Programme

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 3:24 PM - George's, Grenada
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FRIDAY DECEMBER 19TH, 2014: An emotional Minister for Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs Hon. Emmalin Pierre ruled out disheartening criticisms made during a recent Senate sitting about The New Imani Program.

She was at the time speaking during the inaugural New Imani Awards ceremony and Quarterly meeting at the Grenada National Stadium on Thursday.

According to Minister Pierre, when the government assumed office things were not looking bright for Grenada financially, however, the Government did everything in its power to boost the economy and create employment and training for many.

She said it is heartbreaking to hear individuals who have a responsibility to the people describe a program that has done so much for young people so negatively.

“Just a couple months after this Administration came into office we were able, even under the economic circumstances to engage one thousand young people in this program batch 1.

Shortly thereafter, the government took a decision that we were going to engage another thousand young people bringing the total to two thousand young people we were criticized, we were ostracized, but we said young people have an important role to play in building our nations and we have to do what we have to do and we went even further to engage another one thousand.”

Minister Pierre described the recent Senate Sitting as an embarrassment and unfortunate. She exclaimed that there is no apology that can be made to the young people for all the disgraceful and unfortunate statements made about the program and towards its participants.

According to Minister Pierre it is unfair to the thousands of young people under the New Imani Program.

“I heard that we should cut the program in half……I always say we cannot play politics with the young people of our country.

If there are people who are interested in getting into government, work hard, do your best, find a way to find yourself in government, don’t pull down our young people to bring yourself in government; I say it is unfair to the young people of this country to attack them in this way.

Over the past two days, I believe that the senate has been an embarrassment by a few of the speakers who have disgraced our young people in such a way and I say there is no apology that can be given for some of the things that have been said in the parliament of this country about our young people.”

She charged the trainees to keep their heads high in the midst of all the negativity that is been said about the New Imani Program, and continue giving off their best for the New Year and beyond.




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