Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington
While the ideas coming from the general assembly emphasize the need for strengthened law enforcement entities, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, says that might not be the best route for Belize. According to Elrington, the focus should be on preventing the youths from turning to crime, rather than reacting when the deed is done.
Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs
“What is being suggested is strengthen the police, strengthen the military, more cooperation with Interpol and the international organizations that are dealing with it. I personally don’t know if I like that particular approach. I think the monies should really be spent in providing proper schools and strengthening cooperatives and credit unions and other financial institutions where people can go and get monies and start a business or pay for the education of their children. I think the funds have got to be spent on educating the individual. I don’t like the idea that we are spending so much money on the prisons because the returns from that is minimal if at all whereas if we were to use the same money that we are spending to support the prison and we put that in our educational system; enhance it, supervise it properly and train the kids, prevent them from reaching the prison, prevent them from becoming delinquent and ensuring that they become productive citizens, I think we would be way ahead of the game. I don’t think you can ever succeed if you seek to impose corrective measures after the person has gone delinquent. I believe in the good old adage that prevention is better than cure and I think that we need to focus on that in Belize.”
We’ll have much more on the OAS on Open Your Eyes on Wednesday morning.