Former legislator Dr Kedrick Pickering said he believes that localizing top posts through legislation should be a matter for debate.
Dr Pickering was responding to questions posed by the radio talk show host Claude Skelton Cline this week.
“It merits some serious debate and discussions. But, the problem that you run yourself in is … ‘what happens if there are no qualified locals?'” Dr Pickering said.
He was referring to specific posts such as Attorney General.
“Do you really want to box yourself into these highly professional positions if there are no local persons, just to say you must have a local person? It is different for the Deputy Governor because it is an administrative post. You do not have to have a specific qualification to be the Deputy Governor,” he further argued.
Dr Pickering said the post of Deputy Governor was localized more than 10 years ago in a constitutional review.
Meanwhile, Skelton Cline, who gave his opinion on the matter, said locals should be groomed for these top jobs.
“I strongly believe that any jurisdiction, any territory, any nation should first see about the empowerment of their own people in key critical positions,” the radio personality said.
“There can be no equivocation; no matter how sophisticated these positions are. Train your people. Put them on a path to ensure that they become the occupiers of those posts.”
In the meantime, Skelton Cline called on the Premier to “formalize this commission as soon as possible”.
He said: “The decisions we make today determine our children and grandchildren’s tomorrows. We must be sure that in the land of their birth, they are on a path that they are the owners, operators and determiners of that destiny.”
In response, Dr Pickering said while he agrees with Skelton Cline’s point, “one has to balance realism with idealism. And while the idealistic situation is what you aspire to, aspiring to it also means that there are some reality checks along the way.”
Dr Pickering said: “I think in the context of which you speak, in principle I have no problem with that. So what is important is the debate has to continue for us to look at all sides and see where the balance is.”
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