Are plans afoot to place the best Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports in the Prime Minister’s Office, or Simply Get Rid of Him?
“The new government plans to reduce the number of permanent secretaries from 20 to between 8 and 10…“We are basically saying that we are not going to bring any new permanent secretaries in and we are going to wait for attrition…contracts to come to an end, people to retire…”
Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastenet
Dr. Anthony George was appointed permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and sports, after the post was vacated by one of the three current Ministers of Sport Fortuna Belrose. Since then, sports administrators and athletes around the island have spoken glaringly about the volume of work and commitment displayed by the acting Permanent Secretary. Dr. George has literally involved himself in every sporting area. From the waters of the Caribbean Sea to the heat of the Caribbean sun, Dr. George has developed strategic partnership with St. Lucia’s sailing fraternity to find more Stephanie Devaux-Lovels, while encouraging greater participation among the cricket fraternity to fill up stands in support of perhaps the most talented crop of young cricketers ‘Fair Helen’ as ever seen.
Many persons have asked the question; Does Dr. Anthony George have a family? Of course this question is being asked because the acting P.S has made it his duty to be present on the airport in support of a returning athlete at any given time of the day. Dr. George has made it his duty to be at every competitive final on island, night or day. Successful winning teams, or athletes who have represented St. Lucia with reasonable repute has been given the full treatment by Dr. George, in the hopes of reminding those hard working athletes that the government and the people of St. Lucia truly appreciate their efforts. Should this man be relegated to an office job? Should this man’s contract not be renewed?
You know there is so much wisdom in the old axiom: “If you find a job you love, you never work a day in your life.” There is no doubt that Dr. George has been placed in a job that he loves. One of the few governmental decisions that can be said does not reflect a square peg being placed in a round hole. The work initiated with athletes that are said to be our burgeoning athletes on island has encouraged so many young persons to follow the steps of Levern Spencer and of course Daren Sammy. After all, being a former volleyball player, Dr. George knows all too well that sports require a dig, a set and a spike. A ‘dig’ to get the young athletes to cushion the speed of the challenging balls life may throw their way. A ‘set’ up from government that creates an environment to encourage athletes go for the ultimate prize. And a ‘spike’ that comes from the athlete that has risen to a level that has allowed them to hit the proverbial ball over the net of success.
So, I guess the ultimate question is: why is there a double block of an ill-advised campaign promise and apathy to what sports truly needs in St. Lucia. Why? Someone tell me!