Two captions that tell where we are
Kaieteur News – Two of our main captions in last Sunday’s edition of this paper tell us where we really are and what lies ahead. The oil is there in the most attractive of commercial quantities, but here we are excluded by some foreigners who come to exploit the rich business prospects available here. And as they shut us out, our leaders are willing to shut up and say nothing, while we’re in a battle for a piece of the oil act. Any piece will do, but the scraps seem to be even out of Guyanese grasp.
The first story was titled, “Exxon contractor seizes local company; cites inexperience in the supply of hats, gloves and safety vests. “And the second also from the April 4th issue was,” Guyanese deserves a chance to fight for oil contracts – GCCI Official. ” We will tell our fellow Guyanese what we think of those two stories in particular, and where we stand on this oil in broader terms. We first focus on the second story.
Guyanese deserve more than a fighting chance, because this oil is their own. Guyanese deserve the first opportunity, the best opportunity, the highest priority opportunity, and not the chance that comes from wretched charity or foreign fatherly condescension. A fighting chance means we compete with others, we stretch our hands for a missile. We are not, and if we are, then that should not be. This is our oil, and we Guyanese deserve and deserve the foremost consideration for oil contracts. It’s not the throw of some cheap, ragged business bone to keep us distracted from those who exploit us, while they reduce us to grow and fight among ourselves, like mangy dogs left behind to look after themselves in the naked street. But this is the reality of the circumstances presented to us by successive governments, and the current one takes them to new depths almost daily.
Using the GCCI officer’s statement and position as a backdrop, we now aim for that unpleasant first story, which we repeat here so that the full import of what’s happening can hit us in the face of the coldest rain, and bring us to our senses. in the most cruel way possible. The caption is: “Exxon contractor seizes local company; cites inexperience in supplying safety hats, gloves and vests. “We are shocked at what we can only describe as offensive and humiliating to us. But more than that, we’re crazy as hell. But even as that anger boils down, we quietly ask these few simple questions, which we sincerely hope would turn our countrymen and women into a similar state of acute agitation.
If we cannot gain confidence in our abilities and are not considered competent to supply things as basic as hats, gloves and vests, then what could we possibly supply? What do Guyanese companies and citizens trust and have access to? Can they, the locals, offer anything that is acceptable? If we thought we couldn’t buy the oil business’s bolts and nuts (hats, gloves, and vests), then what in the world can we put into our hands to run with, and bring back to timely implementation and use of awarded contracts? Maybe it’s nothing.
From the perspective of that Exxon contractor, Guyanese is not fit and proper to be involved in things that call for responsibility, or flexibility, or creativity. By the same token, Guyanese can be quoted for failure in anything and everything.
By the standards of this Exxon contractor, we may only be able to trust the new foreign colonists’ vehicles, shine the boots of the oil slaves, and be human beasts of burden to unload their large ships with their large loads, which they use. to cart big money from our oil. It is becoming increasingly apparent that Guyanese will have more than a fighting chance to wash cars, shine shoes, pull junk, and unload ships and trucks. Although a GCCI official might not have meant, in the mind of that Exxon contractor, that Guyanese would have the best opportunities in those, and for one simple reason. They would be the only ones scraping about all of that, which is the only thing left for them.