KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, May 22, IWN – One-third of the more than 30 staff members at the Fisheries Divisions have university degrees, but Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is not satisfied that they are doing as much as they can.
“Now, we have to have leadership through Saboto [Caesar], as the Minister of Fisheries. We have a very good person, who is the fisheries officer, who is acting Chief Fisheries Officer because the immediate past Chief Fisheries Officer is now Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. So that at the top you have good people,” he said at the Fisherman’s Day Rally in Calliaqua on Monday.
“Inside of the Department of Fisheries, we have 30-something public servants. Ten of them have university degrees. … Almost one-third of the staff, they have university degrees. I am not satisfied that the staff with the university degrees that they are pulling their weight as much as they should be pulling their weight.
“So, when you are listening to me, I am not complaining to you, I am not cussing you. I am talking to you like I am your father. Because, I am older than you and you could be my children.
“I want to see you work in a harder and more focused way. You can’t just want when you see a conference to go, you are interested in going there, but you don’t want to work hard in between.
“So, we have a lot of work to do, because there is a lot of guidance we have to give the fisherfolk. We know all about the technology, the training and the resources and we are seeking to work on all of them. And we are making some progress, but not enough,” the Prime Minister further said.