Outameni? Different options. Disjointed government in action.

Out of many, one people, runs the national motto. But, most know that it is not so.

If politicians had wanted to save Outameni, in the past, they had thought of doing it with money related to tourism, like the Tourism Enhancement Fund. Get it? Tourism… Not housing…

So, why did the board of directors of the National Housing Trust feel that they had to use the money that came from out of many pockets to buy a tourism-related attraction? Did they plan to house people there? Surely, not. I’ve heard of ‘attractive location’, but, never meaning this.

Outameni. What an experience!
Outameni. What an experience!

If they wanted to use the people’s money, was their only option to be out of the money?

Now that the trust fund has been raided, it is not out of money, but has the money been well used?

The trust money was used in a way that betrayed our trust in those who used the money. I trust that this can be rebuilt.

The Prime Minister told the House that no Experience was bought, only property, a generator, fuel tank and office furniture. That’s all that we got for $180 million? Then out of many mouths came questions for more explanations. The country got an Orange Grove for all that money?

If I were Rosie and her family, sleeping, and got this rude awakening, I’d want to call the Contractor General…tutty gran’ would seem a bargain…We want justice!

Or, if I were Wally British, I would say that this makes me so ti-yurrrd…

The Housing Trust Chairman had explained that the NHT had bought the project “lock, stock and barrel”, except “some of the furnishings, which the agency did not need”. So, which was it? It couldn’t be both. Honestly, could it?

What is the truth? Tell us, please
What is the truth? Tell us, please

The total valuation for a forced sale was about $230 million, so the property alone could not be worth as much as $180 million. Were we being taken for a ride through this less than entertaining experience?

We were told by blustering directors that the asset was so valuable and could turn a profit immediately, if resold. Yet, when it was put up for auction no one came to bid. How could that be, if this thing were so precious?

The Trust made a large purchase of ‘property’ in March 2013, but never saw fit to inform the PM of it? She–the minister who has the NHT portfolio–only found out “in the media” on October 30. That’s what “joined-up government” means? So connected, that it takes the media to make the links? Yet, the PM does not read the papers? It’s confusing, to say the least.

Joined-up means the dots are connected? Or is it that we are all dotty?

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)