Retired Deputy Governor and veteran public servant Rosalie Adams has said she is fearful of the direction in which the public service is headed.
Her fears were realised following two recent local protests, and amid what she implied was poor governance in the British Virgin Islands.
The two aforementioned protests were staged within the last month and Adams expressed concern about the involvement of public servants.
“There are a couple of things that are troubling to me. For example, we were never able to march at the public occasions (protests) and now when I hear about the public officers doing that, it makes me feel a bit alarmed because at that stage I feel that it could become political; where what they think is an honest march might turn into something different and then we don’t know where it might lead.”
“When I look sometimes at the way the public officers tend to carry themselves … it’s alarming because I know that during my time coming up, we couldn’t behave in the manner that I am seeing now so that is troubling,” said Adams, who was on Saturday awarded The Queen’s Order of the British Empire, which is more commonly known as OBE.
She further said this behaviour, which she described as ‘unprofessional’, causes the public service to “lose credibility in the eyes of the public”.
However, Adams noted not all public servants behaved in the said manner.
She said: “There are a number of public officers that I know are trying their best to keep the public service in a credible fashion and I really, really, applaud them.”
The retired deputy governor went on to say government should shoulder some amount of blame for how some public servants are made to behave.
She said government now needs to restore transparency and good governance, which she admitted has been lacking.
“If we can do those, then I believe we can set the public service in good stead,” Adams said.
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