PLP On Junior Leaders Programme Funding

December 15, 2015

The Progressive Labour Party [PLP] is calling on the OBA government to “start putting the welfare, health, and future of our youth first and foremost” with Shadow National Security Minister, Walter Roban saying, “We call on the OBA to reassess its priority of neglect and deprivation of our youth, seniors, and families over the past three years and do the job they were elected to do, which is to put Bermudians first.”

MP Roban said, “The Progressive Labour Party [PLP] calls on the OBA government to start putting the welfare, health, and future of our youth first and foremost. When we thought the government couldn’t go any lower, we find them at a new low when it comes to defunding programmes that aid in the health and development of our young people.

“On Friday, December 11, the OBA debated the Royal Regiment [Junior Leaders] Act 2015, with the purpose of modernising the operation and structure of the Junior Leaders programme, which has existed since 1944 under the Bermuda Cadet Corps Act 1944.

“Much was said by the Premier and Minister of National Security the Hon. Michael Dunkley about the value of the Junior Leaders and the benefit the new Act will bring. When one examines the Budget for Defence in the 2015/16 fiscal year it was reduced from $135,000 to $0. That’s right Zero!

“This is a programme that has been celebrated in the media as recently as a few days ago in the media by comments from its own members. The OBA priorities are misguided and this is symptomatic of how they have run the government. They have treated this programme with blatant neglect despite its proven success in empowering generations of Bermudian youth.

“Funding is found for lawyers, bankers and consultants related to initiatives that have found no popular favor with the electorate but whether it be our Junior Leaders programme or programmes for At- Risk- Youth the OBA government cannot find a dime.

“We call on the OBA to reassess its priority of neglect and deprivation of our youth, seniors, and families over the past three years and do the job they were elected to do, which is to put Bermudians first.”

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  1. jt says:

    Countdown to corrective statement in 3..2..1..

  2. Private says:

    Actually the program was amalgamated with the Bermuda Cadet Corps and will continue to be operative under the auspices of the Regiment. As such the funding was not needed as it will be funded straight from the Regiment’s budget.

    What happen to PLP’s Furbert’s call for the stop of misinformation and accusations that do nothing to better our island.

    Do better than this PLP. Bermuda deserves it.

    • jt says:

      …..and there it is.

      • Onion says:

        It’s unbelievable how predictable it is that the PLP would be dishonestly presenting the facts.

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      Funny when you present facts….everybody shuts up lmfao! Nice try PLP/UBP!!

      • Devonshire says:

        I have almost no faith left in the PLP. I’m totally discouraged with their lack of competence.

    • PLOP says:

      Mr. Roban, it is better to wait, gather information from multiple sources, separate the truth from misinformation and fiction and make a statement based on facts. I know most political parties seem to have a need to make a statement about something every few days in order to appear to be doing something but c’mon! This is the type of statement I would expect from Wayne Furbert, not you. You can do better.

    • aye bie says:

      Completely wrong as the RBR will not take from their already small budget to fund the JL Program that is why there is a plea. It has been spoken from the top that it’s funds are cut. Get your facts straight.

      • jt says:

        Has the program been put under the RBR or not? If it has what about the post is incorrect? I haven’t heard the RBR say they can’t or won’t do this. I suspect they were part of the decision process.
        Funding cuts are everywhere and the reason is no mystery. Now the RBR, just like other entities, will have to adapt and find a way.

    • aceboy says:

      Don’t let facts get in the way of another baseless PLP rant.

  3. Errr, kinda takes money says:

    Mr. Roban,

    I do not think there is one right thinking person that lives in Bermuda or in any other country that wouldn’t agree that youth and the vunerable in our societies require attention and protection.

    Its critically important–but tricky when the country has NO money.

    I only wish the PLP Government would have put money away for this rainy day when they managed the public finances.

    I do not mean this disingenuously when I ask if you and your team have ideas that could help generate money for the public coffers to help fund the things that you are calling for.

    I think everyone in the country would be very open to hearing how HM Opposition can help the GVT of the day solve the problems that face the country.

  4. serengeti says:

    It’s a pity you lot wasted $100m on Grand Atlantic, a swimming pool and re-turfing a golf course. Maybe there would be more available now for spending on people, rather than your priority, which was to line the pockets of consultants and contractors.

    • Franklin Jr says:

      oh, it wasn’t wasted…

      people got paid, who? dunno

      change your frame of reference and it wasn’t “waste” at all

  5. Terry says:

    Absolute garbage by someone in the shadows.

    This guy is an elected member of Parliament.

    More propaganda from a melting Alaskin Ice Cold Burg.

    Stay firm Bermuda.

    OBA. Obvious Lee Better Azz.

  6. Shameless says:

    The Progressive Labour Party [PLP] is calling on the OBA government to “start putting the welfare, health, and future of our youth first and foremost”
    – Speaking as a young (under 25 yr old) Bermudian, that is a rich statement coming from someone who was a part of an administration that annihilated any potential prosperity for my generation and likely future generations.

  7. jahmani says:

    You burnt it all up ya numpties .

  8. Navin Johnson says:

    Don’t tell the PLP that if they just shut up and said nothing they would probably help themselves…everytime one of the PLP MP’s open their mouth they sound foolish.

  9. Ringmaster says:

    This is a few days after Kim Wilson says give Sandys 360 $10million dollars. A pattern is emerging and probably because a marginal bye election has been called. More misinformation and emotional headlines to pander, confuse and play to the people.

    How many times must it be said? The PLP left Bermuda with a financial calamity and it will take tens of years to correct, if it can be corrected. Put Bermudians first? That’s exactly what the OBA have done by not forcing thousands of surplus Civil Servants to find other jobs. The OBA have put Bermudians first, to the detriment of Bermudians.

  10. Ann says:

    I agree that the youth of Bermuda certainly need guidance, but how about the parents of these gang children taking on some responsibility Of raising their children. The goverment didn’t make them, so I’m always confused why they are supposed to be raising them.

  11. Turnip says:

    look in the mirror but then of course your party did no wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!where is the money DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. wondering says:

    Roban is a puppet and ineffective political figurehead who has done nothing for this community.

    Name one thing please somebody that roban has spearheaded in advance of anything rather than bring up the rear all the time

  13. Northshore says:

    Good Lord Walter! You did not just say that??

  14. cup of tea anyone? says:

    i would normally reccomend that he drink some tea, but after this i would say he has been drinking too much of the green tea!


    what a load!

    oba are smiling all the way!