The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ, says the country is on it’s way to becoming a failed state.
And it’s calling on the government to pursue a bi-partisan and research-guided approach to combating the scourge of murders and lawlessness across the island.
President of the PSOJ, Howard Mitchell, made the call while speaking yesterday at the launch of Research Day at the University of the West Indies, UWI, Mona campus. He also dismissed calls for the sacking of the Minister of National Security and the Police Commissioner, noting that would not solve the country’s crime problem.
Mr. Mitchell says Jamaica has struggled with the management of national security for years. He says an analysis of crime and social data suggests that the nation is failing.
He blames successive administrations for what he says is a compromise of the security of the nation. Mr. Mitchell says this is because they haven’t gathered and evaluated available data.
And, that is why Mr. Mitchell is calling for a bi-partisan approach to the fight against crime.
He’s also encouraging students to take the initiative and gather data on their own instead of looking to persons in authority who sometimes fail to properly analyze available data and mislead others in the process.
Research Day will be staged at the UWI, Mona Campus from February 7 to 9 this year. It will facilitate the exhibition of various pieces research in many areas of study at the University.