The second day of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival ended with a great performance from Soca Star Machel Montano which thousands of Bahamians got to enjoy. It was also the second day of unemployed for 30 Solomon’s Mines employees.
On Thursday afternoon 30 Solomon’s Mines employees found out that the company was closing and they were suddenly unemployed. So while the revelers were getting ready to “go pon di road” on day 3, some single mothers were probably wondering how they would pay their rent.
Saturday morning while looking at carnival pictures my friend Whatsapp me and reading the story about Solomon’s Mines closing with my electricity out for the 3rd time in less than an hour, it occurred to me that despite the apparent success of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, we still had to return to the realities of a very dysfunctional country when it was over.
The unemployment rate is still 16% overall and 31% among young people 24 years old and under. Oh and another 5,000 or so young people will be leaving school in a few weeks.
BEC is still completely unreliable with the highest rates in the region. Load shedding and island wide blackouts have become common place.
Baha Mar the great hope of the Bahamas economy, is still not open. In fact they have canceled reservations for August. Pray for this resort to open and be successful because God knows we can’t afford for it to fail.
Crime is still barreling out of control with no sign of slowing. We’re heading for a record year in terms of murder rate and its become apparent to all that there is no plan from leadership to deal with it.
I could continue, but there’s no need to belabor the point.
While I was never a big supporter of Junkanoo Carnival, neither was I one of those who prayed for rain in days leading up the event. The event seems to have potential because it attracted huge support locally but we need to see if it delivered on the economic impact projections before declaring it a complete success.
My point is that Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was fun, it was a great time but it’s now time to face the reality of the mess this country is in.
Do not be lulled in to a false sense of accomplishment by the crowds, the liquor or the music.
We need our government to solve some of the big ticket items in this country rather than throwing a 3 day party.